Sunday, June 04, 2006

The meetings begin...

FIFA started the week off with meetings of key committees including Marketing & TV, Internal Audit, Referees, Strategic Planning and today, the FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee. This Organizing Committee is chaired by Lennart Johansson. It is comprised of a mix of members from FIFA's Executive Committee, other experienced members of National Associations and Confederations along with key officials of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan, Mr. Beckenbauer and officials of the Local Organizing Committee for Germany and looking to the future, two leaders of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. Joined by senior members of the FIFA staff, it is a large, but diverse, cross section of FIFA officials who will serve in various capacities throughout the World Cup.

The meeting, held at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, ran for two hours, beginning with a welcome address by FIFA's President Joseph S. Blatter. A detailed Agenda, covering all aspects of the Final Competition included discussions on FIFA's organization in the final competition; the general program; refereeing; official lists of players; media; marketing & TV; ticketing; security; medical matters and doping control; the technical study group; disciplinary matters and finance.

The LOC reported on its activities leading up to the final preparations of the Cup following six years of preparation. Overall, there was great satisfaction with the work of the committee and the preparation for the game. Referee assignments and administrative responsibilities were assigned and confirmed during the session and everyone eagerly awaited the open in Munich on June 9th.

Tomorrow, Sunday, begins the two day session of the FIFA Executive Committee. I will be back with an update following that meeting.

[Picture: Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder, Pres. DFB & Member FIFA Exco; Slim Chiboub, Tunisia, Member FIFA Exco]

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