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Confederations Cup Protests No Concern For 2014 World Cup, Octagon VP Says
Published September 3, 2013
LOOKING AHEAD: The Confederations Cup also provided organizers with a glimpse of what could happen during next year’s big event. World Cup LOC CEO Ricardo Trade said, "Naturally we were concerned with the safety of the ticket holders." However, he was quick to point out the "greatest achievements" during the two-week test event were the successful "integrations between the LOC, FIFA, the host cities and the federal government." An example of the integration was the cooperation between public security forces and the operation inside the venues carried out by private security firms. Trade said, "We worked together in the planning from the start and continued to share information throughout the tournament, which is essential to guarantee fans’ safety." The tournament also highlighted other issues that will lead to adjustments ahead of the World Cup. "In Recife, for example, there were some issues with the arrival of the fans via metro at the first match, but the operation was revised and the second match was much better," Trade said. "This proves the importance of test events." There is still a lot of work that has to be done ahead of the World Cup. Stadium delays are especially concerning, not only since Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said that the venues "will not be delivered on time if construction is not accelerated." Asked about the stadium progress, Trade said, "When it comes to the stadiums, the preparation for the FIFA World Cup is on track. Regarding the general infrastructure, the LOC, FIFA, the federal government and the 12 host cities have achieved a very high level of integration and this makes us confident that the necessary infrastructure will be in place come 2014." While protests and construction delays dominated headlines during the Confederations Cup, Leitão said that the competition itself was a success. "It proved that Brazilians love the game, love football and like being part of an official event like the FIFA Confed Cup. It will not be any different, simply much bigger next year during the World Cup."
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