FIFA chief Blatter to visit Cuba

Last Updated: Apr 13, 2013, 17:07 PM IST

Havana: FIFA president Joseph Blatter is expected to arrive in Havana on Tuesday on a two-day work visit for meetings with national sports officials.

Blatter will arrive from Haiti, as part of a regional tour, according to Cuba`s National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER).

The Swiss national is scheduled to meet with officials from Cuba`s Olympic Committee (COC), INDER, and the local football federation.

He is set to visit La Polar Stadium on Wednesday, where Cuba`s first artificial turf football field is to be installed, and also meet with veteran athletes.

Also on Wednesday, FIFA`s chief will tour the Mario Lopez National School of football, established by the FIFA-sponsored GOL project, and give a noon press conference at the Havana`s National Hotel.

Blatter next travels to Panama to take part in a congress of regional football body the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

This will be Blatter`s second trip to Cuba, after his first visit in 2000. Blatter was expected to visit Cuba in 2012, but cancelled his trip.