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Bureaucracy An Obstacle To Brazil's Preparations For World Cup

Brazil Has Already Missed Deadline To
Begin Renovating World Cup Stadiums

Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Monday said that preparations for the '14 FIFA World Cup "could be jeopardized if government officials and businessmen fail to work together in the coming years," according to Tales Azzoni of the AP. Lula said that businessmen and "those responsible for monitoring and executing the necessary infrastructure and stadium improvements must cooperate to guarantee the country will be ready to host the tournament in four years." Brazil "needs significant upgrades to successfully host soccer's biggest showcase." The country is "expected to invest nearly $20 billion in infrastructure to prepare for the World Cup, but bureaucracy ... may create obstacles and delay some of the necessary construction work." Many critics and some government officials said that Brazil "needs to pick up the pace to get ready on time." Azzoni noted Brazil "has already missed a deadline to start renovating most of the 12 stadiums that will be used in the tournament." Brazil Sport Minister Orlando Silva said that FIFA officials "will be in Brazil in September to inspect all venues," and that it "would be important for Sao Paulo to have a project in place" for a venue by then. Meanwhile, renovations on Rio de Janiero's Maracana Stadium "have begun." The stadium, "which is expected to host the 2014 World Cup final, will have its capacity reduced during the renovation" (AP, 8/24).

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