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Final hosts allay stadium fears.

The ICC and Mumbai cricket Tofficials remain confident the Wankhede Stadium will stage the World Cup final as scheduled as the possibility of another crisis for Indian sport loomed large yesterday.

Doubt was cast on the stadium's suitability to host the showpiece on April 2 after Mumbai's chief fire officer Uday Tatkare claimed his inspectors T had found several faults which needed to be corrected before the Wankhede was given the all-clear. Tatkare said: "The team has found that the newly renovated stadium has many loopholes in its fire safety mechanism. The stadium must be in compliance with the fire safety conditions, "We will soon write a letter to the Mumbai Cricket Association stating there is a need to comply with fire safety norms at the stadium. Once they abide by the terms we would again conduct an inspection."

Despite the concern, the ICC have no concerns about the stadium being fit for purpose on schedule. A spokesman confirmed the world governing body is confident all relevant safety measures will be in place by the time the stadium is inspected again.

Local officials were equally bullish the final would remain in Mumbai.

MCA joint secretary Lalchand Rajput said: "They have made a few suggestions and we will comply with them."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 19, 2011
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