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Brazil now admits construction pace of five stadiums for World Cup 2014 ‘must be accelerated’

Wednesday, August 14th 2013 - 19:41 UTC
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Sports minister Aldo Rebelo: ‘instead of paying 10 workers during two months, pay 20 to work 30 days’ Sports minister Aldo Rebelo: ‘instead of paying 10 workers during two months, pay 20 to work 30 days’
The opening match venue in Sao Paulo is 84% built and is expected to be ready by the end of the year The opening match venue in Sao Paulo is 84% built and is expected to be ready by the end of the year

Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo has said he is worried about delays at five stadiums still being built for next year's football World Cup. Rebelo said the pace of construction must be accelerated if the venues are to be ready by this December.

Brazil has seen two months of protests against corruption and overspending in the preparation for the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Only one of the six stadiums under construction is on schedule. The opening match venue in Sao Paulo is 84% built and is expected to be ready by the end of the year, as demanded by the World Cup organisers, Fifa.

There are bigger concerns over the pace of work at the arenas being built in Manaus, Curitiba, Cuiaba, Porto Alegre and Natal, which are from 71% to 79% ready.

“This must be seen as a warning. We cannot keep on the same rhythm, or we will not deliver them on time,” said Rebelo.

“It is possible to intensify. We are able to meet the deadlines, but it should be noted that it will require us to speed up the construction.”

He warned that no extra government funds would be given to construction companies to have the work finished on time.

“There will be no budget increase, because, for example, instead of paying 10 workers during two months, you can pay 20 to work for 30 days” Rebelo explained.

The World Cup will be played in 12 stadiums across the country.

The opening match is due to take place at a brand-new venue being built in the outskirts of Sao Paulo on 12 June. The final is scheduled for the 13 July in country's most famous football stadium, the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

Six of the World Cup venues were put to test in June during the Confederations Cup, won by Brazil with a 3-0 victory over world champions Spain in the final.

Fifa has previously said that the World Cup will go ahead in Brazil as planned.

“The first game will happen in Sao Paulo, the final will be in Rio. There is no plan B” said Fifa general-secretary Jeremy Valcke during the Confederations Cup.

 

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  • ChrisR

    Oh dear, Brazil “ministers” caught out acting like a bunch of idiots again.

    Remember all the chorus from Brasiliero about Brazil being the best? Well they certainly seem to be in “The Not Thinking Ahead” league.

    Stunning solution this: who would have come up with that?

    Aug 15th, 2013 - 11:07 am 0
  • Brasileiro

    Brasil can be anything you want. We owe nothing to anyone. Why the world will not forget us? Live your life and stop living mine. The world want food, is not? The wolrd want mineral resources, is not? So, we sell, is not? So stop worrying us, stop trying to change us. We are what we are, and we are very happy with what we are.

    Aug 15th, 2013 - 05:16 pm 0
  • Viva Las Falklands

    Not sure how the idea of job sharing will go down with the current work force. Industrial unrest on the horizon ?

    Aug 16th, 2013 - 02:44 am 0
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