A FIFA inspection team visited Thailand between 27 and 31 March to check on preparations for the 7th edition of the FIFA Futsal World Cup, to be played in Thailand between 1 and 18 November 2012.
The FIFA delegates began their inspection tour of the three sites in Bangkok: Bangkok Futsal Arena Nongjok, Hua Mark Indoor Stadium and Nimibutr Gymnasium.
Starting at the Bangkok Futsal Arena Nongjok, Deputy Bangkok Governor for Public Works, Finance and Budget, Teerachon Manomaipiboon and Thaya Teepasuwan, (Deputy Bangkok Governor for Education, Social Development, Cultures, Sports and Tourism) made a presentation on the latest construction progress.
“Bangkok Governor M.R. Sukhumbhan Boriphat stressed that more attention must be paid to the construction work” said Teerachon. “It’s not only Bangkok’s affair, but the project is also something that the entire country can be proud of.”
Jaime Yarza, FIFA’s Senior Manager of Futsal and Beach Soccer Competitions expressed his satisfaction over the progress Bangkok has made so far, advising the city authorities that they should also focus on facilities management, including traffic and parking planning, security and safety measures, as well as the technical infrastructure required in the hall itself.
We appreciate the Thai people’s determined efforts to make the FIFA Futsal World Cup a great success.
“The construction and renovation tasks for all three competition sites in Bangkok were our top priority for this visit” said Yarza. “We appreciate the Thai people’s determined efforts to make the FIFA Futsal World Cup a great success.”
In the afternoon, the FIFA delegates visited the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium, with Sakol Wannapong, Deputy Governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand, giving them a warm welcome and explanation about the site.
The inspection process culminated with the tour of Nimibutr Gymnasium inside the Supachalasai Stadium, with Physical Education Deputy Director Pattanachat Kritboworn and his team welcoming the FIFA delegates.
The next day, the Local Organising Committee discussed the latest Marketing, Public Relations and Promotions planning. Entertainment activities will be held in seven cities across the four regions of the country in the build-up to the competition, including the staging of a fan zone in downtown Bangkok during the competition itself.
“So far the interest in broadcasting the tournament around the world has been very strong, and all eyes will be on Thailand as the host country. If preparations continue to proceed well and on schedule over the coming months, the LOC will be able to showcase the country’s amazing beauty and capability through the staging of this top-flight competition,” Yarza concluded.
The next milestone will be the official draw, which will be held in Bangkok on 24 August.