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The new-look Wankhede Stadium was formally inaugurated in Mumbai on Sunday. However, it is still uncertain whether or not the stadium will be allowed to host World Cup matches.The venue is yet to receive a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the fire department with the chief fire officer saying they will not issue the NOC unless they are fully satisfied.The stadium recently failed a fire inspection, raising concerns that it may not be ready in time for the World Cup matches.One of the main concerns raised by the fire department was the lack of access to fire brigades to all parts of the stadium. Wankhede Stadium is scheduled to host three World Cup matches including the final on April 2.ICC president and Mumbai Cricket Association chief Sharad Pawar, who formally inaugurated the stadium, refused to comment on the issue.
French swimmer Florent Manaudou shot to the Olympic 50m freestyle gold, consigning defending champion Cesar Cielo to his first major final defeat in four years. Manaudou won in 21.34 seconds, with American Cullen Jones taking the silver two tenths of a second slower on Friday.World record holder Cesar Cielo took bronze in 21.59, tapping home just five hundredths of a second behind Jones.Cielo has not been beaten in 50m since winning gold in Beijing.Asked whether he could believe he had won the gold, the 21-year-old Manaudou, the younger brother of women’s Olympic gold medallist Laure Manaudou, didn’t hesitate.”If I didn’t believe it, I wouldn’t be in an Olympic final. I was very relaxed. I think it’s the secret, being relaxed,” he said.He admitted, however, that he wasn’t sure he had the gold in the bag when he touched home.”I didn’t know. In the 50m it’s very quick, you don’t look. I saw the light come on. I knew I was going to be on the podium, which was great, but I didn’t know I would be first.”