Fifa has ended a 10-day “fine-tuning” tour of South Africa, examining the country readiness to host the soccer body’s 2010 World Cup tournament.

Delia Fischer, Fifa’s media officer, said that the delegation will spend the next few days compiling a report that will be completed next week.

Fifa’s team was joined on its tour by the local organising committee and Host Broadcast Services, which will transmit live TV coverage of the event.

The 50-member delegation that inspected the 10 stadiums included IT, security and hospitality specialists.

Delegates examined the “nitty-gritty” issues, said Fischer.

“A variety of areas, ranging from marketing and media facilities to access and hospitality, were discussed.

“Transport routes, bulk services, security routes and other venue aspects, all essential to host a successful event, were discussed on the basis of detailed plans and diagrams,” she said.

Fischer said the group was satisfied with progress and that any problem areas would be highlighted by the report.

“It was encouraging. We will have a detailed report after we analyse all the elements. This is an important part of preparing for a World Cup.”

PUBLICATION: The Times
AUTHOR: Yazeed Kamaldien
DATED: 10th October 2008