Fifa has ended a 10-day â€œfine-tuningâ€ tour of South Africa, examining the country readiness to host the soccer bodyâ€™s 2010 World Cup tournament.
Delia Fischer, Fifaâ€™s media officer, said that the delegation will spend the next few days compiling a report that will be completed next week.
Fifaâ€™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 â€œnitty-grittyâ€ issues, said Fischer.
â€œA variety of areas, ranging from marketing and media facilities to access and hospitality, were discussed.
â€œTransport 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,â€ she said.
Fischer said the group was satisfied with progress and that any problem areas would be highlighted by the report.
â€œIt 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.â€
PUBLICATION: The Times
AUTHOR: Yazeed Kamaldien
DATED: 10th October 2008