FIFA Checks Progress on Stadiums for 2010 World Cup

<strong>Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.</strong><br>  Tom Shaw/Getty Images

Construction of stadiums for the 2010 World Cup is satisfactory, a FIFA official said Tuesday.

"FIFA is confident progress is on track and going the right way," FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said after a board meeting of the local organizing committee.

Last week, officials from the governing body of world soccer, joined by South African organizers, visited four of the nine host cities to assess the stadiums in Johannesburg--the site of the opening and final match--Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

Irvin Khoza, chairman of the local organizing committee, said reports from the inspection team were "very positive."

Valcke also said preparations for the World Cup qualifying draw--scheduled for November 25 in Durban--were almost complete. The draw is expected to be attended by 3,000 international and local guests.

"Ninety-five percent of the pre-draw is finalized and organized," Valcke said. "This is very good news as it is only seven weeks before we go live."

South Africa won the rights to host the 2010 World Cup three years ago. But since then it has been dogged by worries about delays in stadium and infrastructure construction, lack of public transport and the high crime rate.

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