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November 21, 2008
Miss World contestants to add a touch of glamour to FIFA Confederations Cup draw

Miss World, China's Zilin Zhang speaks to the media in the AIPS/World Sports Net 24/7 Lounge at the Westin Hotel Financial Street, Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games. Miss World will participate in tomorrow's Confeerations Cup Draw along with entrants in the 2009 Miss World Competition.Photo/World Sports Net

JOHANNESBURG, November 21, 2008 - FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke will be able to count on very special assistants during the draw for next year's FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa tomorrow, Saturday, November 22.

During the 50-minute live show on South African Television’s SABC 1 (17h00 CET+1) at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, eight Miss World candidates from the respective participating countries and continents will lend a helping hand during the draw to determine the two groups for the eight-team competition.

"Hosting as prestigious an event as the Miss World competition again underlines South Africa's ability to stage major global events. And as for the beautiful contestants assisting me on Saturday, it's certainly a draw I will be looking forward to more than most," said the FIFA Secretary General, who will conduct the draw.

Miss Brazil Tamara Almeida Silva, Miss Egypt Sanaa Ismail Hamed, Miss Italy Claudia Russo, Miss New Zealand Kahurangi Julia Taylor, Miss South Africa Tansey Coetzee, Miss Spain Patricia Yurena Rodríguez Alonjo, Miss United States Mercia Lane Lindell and reigning Miss World Zilin Zhang from China, who will represent Asian champions Iraq.

The 58th Miss World pageant will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on December 13.

FIFA will publish the Confederations Cups Draw results on www.FIFA.com/southafrica2009

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