Australian visit concludes

The three-day FIFA inspection tour of Australia which is bidding for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ came to an end this evening. The trip included an inspection of stadiums (Stadium Australia, Brisbane Stadium, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Gold Coast Stadium), hotels, convention centres and other infrastructure in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The delegation attended a dinner on Tuesday at the Australian Prime Minister’s Sydney residence, Kirribilli House, as guests of Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the heads of all of the country’s states and territories.

Harold Mayne-Nicholls, head of the six-person FIFA Delegation, said: “We all agree, that the programme was organised in a very professional manner. Australia seems to be prepared in all aspects to organise the World Cup in 2022.”

Football Federation Australia Chairman Frank Lowy, praised the inspectors on their diligence and commitment to detail.

“I would like to thank Head of Delegation Harold Mayne-Nicholls and his inspectors for coming to our country and doing such a thorough job in inspecting our stadiums and infrastructure,” he said.

“We hope we impressed them with our ability to be able to put on a FIFA World Cup if given the opportunity. They saw a lot during their visit and they had plenty of questions which we were only too happy to answer.”

The next stop for the FIFA Inspection Delegation will be Belgium/Netherlands (9-12 August).