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Fifa team to take stock of Guwahati stadium

Guwahati, Feb. 26: A five-member delegation of the world football governing body, Fifa, will inspect Sarusajai sports complex here tomorrow to assess the venue for the under-17 Fifa World Cup in 2017.

The delegation, led by Fifa deputy director of competitions and head of events Inaki Alvarez, comprises Asian Football Confederation deputy general secretary Windsor John, Fifa IT-Competition Vijay Parthasarthy, Asia-Fifa development officer Shaji Prabhakaran and AIFF I-League CEO Sunando Dhar.

The team will inspect the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium and facilities necessary for Fifa tournament matches.

The basic necessities cited in a communication from the Fifa team to the Assam Football Association here include a Fifa standard quality turf, 2,000 lux floodlights with stand-by back-up generator facility, giant screen, roof over spectator galleries, players’ dressing rooms accommodating at least 30 each along with necessary facilities, dope control and medical rooms and media coverage facilities.

Though the Sports Authority of Assam, which looks after the infrastructure, has started development of the turf in view of the proposed IMG-Reliance League, it will have a task in its hand to convince the delegation about the other facilities like dressing rooms, roof over galleries et al.

The location of the media centre, which was designed for an athletic stadium, and the stand-by back-up generator to cater to the requirement of flood lights will be areas of concern.