by Jeremy Mogi – EM TV Sport, Port Moresby
FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jiri Dvorak, has stated that Papua New Guinea, and in particular Port Moresby, is well prepared to host the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup this November.
Professor Dvorak spent five days in Port Moresby assessing the medical facilities available, and left satisfied with the current setup that will be provided during the World Cup.
Dvorak was brought in urgently by FIFA to due to his extensive experience with World Cups, and while he began by saying that a lot of negative reports had been given about medical facilities, he stated that he was very happy about the current setup being shown.
Having had over two decades of experience with big competitions, Dvorak has said that upon his return to FIFA headquarters, only positive messages will be given for PNG’s preparation.
Statistically, the rate of major injuries in World Cups has been very low, due to preventive programs that have been put in place, and Dvorak believes that with proper preparatory mechanisms in place, the medical team during the World Cup will be able to perform at international standards.
The importance of Dvorak’s presence comes at a crucial stage in recent days, after the PNG government came under fire over the apparent lack of readiness of stadiums in the nation’s capital, however the comments made are suggestive that PNG hosting the World Cup is still on track.