NZ Govt holding back World cup stadium reports

The New Zealand government says engineers’ reports into earthquake damage at Christchurch’s proposed rugby World Cup stadium will not immediately be made public.

The city was struck by an earthquake on Feb. 22 which killed at least 166 people and damaged many buildings, including the World Cup venue AMI Stadium.

World Cup Minister Murray McCully said Wednesday a report on whether AMI Stadium can be used for World Cup games was expected Thursday, but that further reports might be required.

McCully said findings from the report need to be convincing in the eyes of the International Rugby Board, “so it’s got to be of high quality and it’s got to be done according to proper standards.”

The stadium was scheduled to host five group matches and two quarterfinals.

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