Fiji Time: 4:37 AM on Tuesday 6 December

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

FIFA calls for improvement in preparations

Afp
Monday, May 12, 2014

ZURICH, Switzerland - Russia cannot avoid problems with its 2018 World Cup and FIFA will call a special meeting in September to improve organisation of future tournaments, the world body's secretary general said yesterday.

FIFA has had to cope with a chaotic buildup to the World Cup that starts in Brazil in June and FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said "I know that there will be a number of problems" in Russia.

"In Russia there is a lot of work to do," he said, while adding that any difficulties would be different from the delays in Brazil.

Russia last year selected 11 cities to host World Cup matches but several venues will need to be built from scratch in one of the most ambitious engineering projects in post-Soviet history.

The tough winters could also make some deadlines tight.

Moscow and Saint Petersburg are used to major events, Valcke told a small group of reporters at FIFA headquarters.

"But in the other cities they also have to build new stadiums or to redo the stadiums."

Valcke expressed confidence that any obstacle could be overcome.

FIFA had problems in Brazil because it had to deal with multiple levels of government and the president changed after the tournament was awarded to the country.

In Russia, the political system is more centralised and FIFA president Sepp Blatter has "excellent" relations with President Vladimir Putin.

Valcke said top officials from the organisers of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Brazil, Russia and the Qatari organisers of the 2022 event will meet in September.

"At least we will discuss on how to avoid as much as we can the problems we have faced in 2010 and 2014 and the problems we foresee for 2018 and 2022."

Brazil has been bedevilled by construction delays and eight fatal stadium accidents, the latest on Thursday.








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 0.64410.6251
JPY 55.581352.5813
GBP 0.37970.3717
EUR 0.45440.4424
NZD 0.68650.6535
AUD 0.65390.6289
USD 0.48650.4695

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 5th December, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Salary review plan for teachers, says Reddy
  2. Best friends drown
  3. A-G clears the air
  4. Tough start
  5. Man lives in fear
  6. Seasonal workers still on the run in Australia
  7. Dunn: Fiji's new climate change ambassador
  8. Police yet to charge alleged drug suspect
  9. $20m for second phase
  10. Villagers raise $39k

Top Stories this Week

  1. Superstition or fact Sunday (04 Dec)
  2. Shes Dunn it again! Friday (02 Dec)
  3. Call to be prepared for cyclone season Friday (02 Dec)
  4. Report on Rosi Thursday (01 Dec)
  5. Black magic claim Saturday (03 Dec)
  6. Man gets 13 years for raping child Tuesday (29 Nov)
  7. Teachers raise concerns Thursday (01 Dec)
  8. Rotuma Bill opposed Thursday (01 Dec)
  9. Ryan: I do miss Fiji Tuesday (29 Nov)
  10. Website probe Wednesday (30 Nov)