Brazil WC2014 stadia on track: organisers

by News Bot on Mar 30, 2011

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Brazilian football chief Ricardo Teixeira on Tuesday moved to assure world governing body FIFA that stadia at Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo would be ready to host the 2013 Confederations Cup a year before the World Cup.

His comments come after FIFA president Sepp Blatter urged Brazil to speed up its 2014 World Cup preparations.

But Teixeira said he had been guaranteed by the state of Rio that the famed Maracana stadium, which is due to host the World Cup final, was on deadline.

As for Sao Paulo stadium, a project for which local club Corinthians are still looking for private investors, he said: "We have the guarantee from those involved that it will also be delivered in time."

Corinthians president Andres Sanchez assured local press that work would begin in the month of May at the latest.

Blatter had expressed his dissatisfaction at the progress of work.

"If you make a comparison between the state of play in South Africa and Brazil three years before the World Cup, Brazil is behind Africa. It shouldn't be said but it's a fact," he said on Monday.

"If they carry on working like that when we have the Confederations Cup ... a year before the World Cup as a rehearsal, there won't be matches in Rio and no matches in Sao Paulo.

"The World Cup stadiums are still not ready."

Work on almost all of the 12 World Cup venues in the country is behind schedule, while airports in Brazil are also saturated, with flight delays and cancellations a common daily occurrence.

Retired Brazilian soccer legend Pele claimed last month that Brazil was "running the risk of being red-faced in the way it is managing the World Cup".