Top officials of the International Federation of Football Associations have expressed satisfaction with Argentina's preparations for the World Cup.
AERIAL VIEW OF: Buenos Aires.
AERIAL VIEW OF: Valez Sarsfield stadium.
AERIAL OF: River Plate stadium with rehearsal of inaugural ceremony.
TRANSCRIPT: COURT: "We have inspected the stadia in the last three days and we came to the (INDISTINCT) meeting this morning with the absolute marvellous impression we have that the Argentinians have complied not only with the letter but with the spirit of all the demands and the stadia are with respect to the technical installations for the players on the field, dressing rooms and so on, the press radio and television, and also for the public, in the most modern way that can be built, that a stadium can be built in the year of '78"
REPORTER: "There has, I understand, been one minor problem with the pitch on one of the stadiums. Do you know what the situation is about that now?"
COURT: "Yes. About three months ago it was not a minor problem as you say. It was even a problem we were concerned very much about. But meanwhile they have replaced the turf. If we do not run in to bad rainy weather there will be no problem because they have provided for covering the pitch the day before the match and up to half an hour before the match. There could be a problem only if we had very heavy rain during a match at Mar Del Plata."
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Background: Top officials of the International Federation of Football Associations have expressed satisfaction with Argentina's preparations for the World Cup. The Federation's press secretary, Mr. Rene Court, returned to Buenos Aires on Sunday (21 May) from an extensive tour of soccer stadia and other facilities outside the capital.