Fiji Time: 2:33 AM on Saturday 21 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

WC hosts running out of time

Afp
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

SAO PAULO - Brazil is running out of time.

FIFA World Cup organisers mark 100 days to go yesterday with a lot of work still to be done on stadiums and infrastructure in the 12 host cities.

As national teams enter their final phase of preparations with a series of warm-up matches this week, the Brazilian Government is trying to ensure the country will be ready to host the tournament in June.

Although Brazil has had nearly seven years to prepare, there are four stadiums still under construction and work outside many of the venues is far from completed.

Doubts also remain about whether the cities will be able to host the fanfests they promised years ago.

Airports likely won't have all the work completed either, and many of the urban projects initially expected to be ready for the World Cup won't be finalised until after the event.

Football's governing body is publicly expressing confidence that everything will be ready despite the setbacks.

"Listen, 100 days, it's a long way to go, and it's a short way to go if there are still problems," said FIFA president Sepp Blatter. "But now all problems are under control and it will be, in 100 days, an exceptionally good start for an exceptional competition."

Brazil promised all 12 stadiums would be ready by the end of last year, but only six were completed. Two may be ready less than a month before the World Cup, including the one hosting the opener between Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo on June 12.

The Itaquerao is not expected to be ready before May 15, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said.

That's when they also believe the venue in the southern city of Curitiba will also be finalised. The stadium in the wetlands city of Cuiaba is almost done, but work outside the venue remains far from complete.

"Eight stadiums are ready and the ninth, in Manaus, will be delivered on Sunday," Brazil deputy sports minister Luis Fernandes said. "The others will also be ready with enough time to be tested before the World Cup."

Infrastructure work outside nearly every stadium is a big reason for concern.

Even in places where the stadium was finished, it's common to find construction sites filled with workers rushing to finish footpaths, pave access roads, and install lighting posts.

Equipping a stadium to World Cup working standards requires 90 days, so FIFA and local organisers will have to start installing temporary structures.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61840.5994
JPY 56.315753.3157
GBP 0.37500.3670
EUR 0.41770.4057
NZD 0.71070.6777
AUD 0.63150.6065
USD 0.49690.4799

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 20th, October, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Sweets for the homeless
  2. Sex video goes viral
  3. 'I accepted death'
  4. Police to get payout
  5. Rainima is first in China
  6. No comment from ex-scholars association on sex video
  7. Probe delay
  8. Hopes and dreams of family go up in smoke
  9. Machine not working
  10. Family makes homemade diya

Top Stories this Week

  1. Man allegedly hit by bulldozer blade, dead Tuesday (17 Oct)
  2. Miranda turns to sex work to survive Thursday (19 Oct)
  3. Final in mind Monday (16 Oct)
  4. Faith, a true survivor against all odds Tuesday (17 Oct)
  5. Villagers pass around eTransport card Monday (16 Oct)
  6. Unsolved mystery of MV Joyita Sunday (15 Oct)
  7. Dreams do come true Thursday (19 Oct)
  8. Plans for Bati Sunday (15 Oct)
  9. Sweets for the homeless Friday (20 Oct)
  10. Bati visits Ra villages Tuesday (17 Oct)