JAPAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OFFICIALS INSPECT TURF AT SAITAMA STADIUM.
Japan Football Association (JFA) officials inspect the turf at Saitama
Stadium 2002, one of the 10 venues in Japan for the upcoming 2002 FIFA
World Cup finals in Saitama outside Tokyo, April 16, 2002. The JFA and
the Japanese World Cup organizing committee (JAWOC) conducted an
inspection of the state of the pitch to ensure that the grass had taken
root and that standards were up to those of FIFA, and came to the
decision to not re-lay the turf. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich