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SBD/March 29, 2011/Events and Attractions
Blatter Warns Brazil Over Slow Pace Of World Cup Preparations
Published March 29, 2011
NAMING GAME: The FINANCIAL TIMES' Joe Leahy reported Brazil's government is "planning a 'name and shame' system to speed up the country's preparations" for the World Cup and '16 Olympics "amid concerns it is lagging behind." Brazil President Dilma Rousseff "plans to introduce a system ... under which the progress of various levels of government in implementing project targets would be published regularly." Concerns are "growing about the pace of preparations for both events," as former Brazil F Pele "warned last month that Brazil was at risk of embarrassing itself during the 2014 World Cup if it did not speed up the building and upgrading of the country's stadiums and airport infrastructure." Brazil will spend $13.3B "on preparations in 12 cities for the World Cup." But analysts said that most projects for the tournament are "behind schedule and construction of some of the stadiums has not even begun." Project Management Institute Sao Paulo Chapter President Otavio Augusto Martins Nese: "I believe we need one more year for the planning of the World Cup. We need four years total." Leahy noted Brazil has a $2.8B budget for running the Olympics, with a further $11.6B "to be invested in infrastructure projects, although there may be overlap between spending on the World Cup and continuing infrastructure projects" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 3/28).