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Atkins on hand as Libya's World Cup bid comes under FIFA scrutiny

ENGINEERS FROM consultant Atkins are in Libya this week to help promote the north African country's bid to host the 2010 football World Cup final.

The Atkins team will meet with an inspection team from football's world governing body FIFA, now in the country making a technical visit.

The inspection team has to produce a report on each of the countries seeking to host the 2010 tournament, the first in Africa. The inspectors will check stadium plans, training grounds, hospitals, hotels and other essential infrastructure.

Atkins has been working with the Libyan Football Federation to prepare the bid. It has produced outline designs for stadia needed, as well as advising on essential infrastructure improvements.

It estimates that the eight stadia, including a 90,000 seat arena in Tripoli and two 60,000 seat arenas in Tripoli and Bengazi could be built for £152M. The overall cost of venues and infrastructure will be near £2bn.

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