FIFA officials are confident the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada "will go off without a hitch, despite the tournament being played on artificial turf for the first time," according to XINHUA. Speaking in Vancouver Saturday at the conclusion of a week-long tour of Canada where a delegation of FIFA officials inspected four of the six stadiums being used for the seventh women's World Cup -- two of the venues are still under construction -- Dir of Competitions Mustapha Fahmy called the conditions "satisfactory." Fahmy said, "(Men's) World Cup qualifiers are played on artificial turf, so I think it's not a real problem." He noted that "a condition for Canada hosting the tournament was for the venues to have FIFA 2 Star-approved turf." Montreal, Moncton, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver "will act as host cities for the 52-game tournament starting June 6, 2015." Vancouver's British Columbia Place "will host the final July 5" (XINHUA, 8/17).
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MotoGP "will race at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the upcoming '14 season." The contract between the racetrack and Dorna, which holds the MotoGP rights, for '14 "was confirmed" during last weekend's U.S. Grand Prix. Recent speculations suggested that the race "might be dropped from next year's calendar" (SID, 8/18). ... On Tuesday, Afghanistan will host the country's first int'l football game "in a decade in a match against Pakistan." It will be the first game between the Pakistan and Afghanistan national teams since '77. The friendly "will take place in an Afghanistan Football Federation-owned stadium in Kabul" (EFE, 8/18).