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Rio Chiefs Meet To Discuss Hovercrafts For World Cup Tourist Transportation

04 / 17 / 14

Rio de Janeiro "is eyeing a new way to bring World Cup tourists to the city from the airport: hovercraft," according to David Biller of BLOOMBERG. Rio state’s Tourism Secretary Claudio Magnavita met with Transport Secretary Tatiana Vaz Carius on April 13 "and discussed the idea." The state "wo...

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04/08/14
IOC Turns Attention To Rio

IOC leaders are gathering in Turkey this week "amid growing alarm over Brazil's troubled preparations" for the 2016 Rio Olympics, according to Stephen Wilson of the AP. As the exec board meets in the Mediterranean resort of Belek to review a wide range of issues -- "none more urgent than the chronic ...

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04/07/14
Official: Problems Ignored At Cup Site

A top labor official Thursday said that safety problems at the stadium hosting the World Cup opener in Brazil "were being ignored so work could finish in time for the tournament," according to Tales Azzoni of the AP. Sao Paulo Labor Ministry Superintendent Luiz Antonio Medeiros told the Folha de S. ...

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04/04/14
BBC's World Cup Team To Exceed 250

The BBC will send 272 people to the World Cup in Brazil this summer, "although that is 23 fewer than in South Africa" in '10, according to Ben Rumsby of the London TELEGRAPH. BBC Sport Dir Barbara Slater said her “aspiration” was to make Brazil 2014 “the first 24/7 World Cup." Wri ...

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04/04/14
Valcke: 'We Are Not Ready' For World Cup

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke has again raised concerns over Brazil's World Cup preparations, saying "we are not ready" and that the stadium for the opening game is one of two venues that worry him most, according to the AP. Valcke said that the stadiums in Sao Paulo, where the opening g ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

04/01/14
World Cup To Give 'Short-Lived' Boost

Moody’s Investors Service reported that Brazil will get a “short-lived” benefit from hosting the World Cup this year, according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. South America’s largest country "is racing to finish several delayed infrastructure projects" for the June 12 start of ...

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03/28/14
Worries Over Rio Olympic Golf Course

Construction work on the Olympic golf course for the 2016 Rio Games "is behind schedule and a planned test event may not be possible," according to Martyn Herman of REUTERS. Int'l Golf Federation President and Royal & Ancient CEO Peter Dawson said that "while he was impressed with the proposed c ...

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03/27/14
Sao Paulo Stadium Remains Unfinished

At the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, which will host the World Cup's opening game on June 12, "giant yellow-colored steel girders prop up the roof, thousands of seats remain to be installed, the video screens have yet to be mounted and the dressing rooms lack any trace of furniture," according to ...

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03/26/14
Porto Alegre Warns Of World Cup Funding

The mayor of the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre "has warned the city may drop out of the World Cup unless it makes a crucial decision this week on financing for temporary structures at the Beira Rio stadium," according to Andrew Downie of REUTERS. Mayor Jose Fortunati "encouraged the city council to ...

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03/26/14
Brazil Still Using Sex To Sell Football

One month after officials condemned adidas for selling T-shirts that "linked Brazil's image to sexual appeal," the practice of using sex to sell football "continues unabashed at the home of the 2014 World Cup," according to Andrew Downie of REUTERS. Not only do football federations "host their own b ...

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03/25/14
Fewer Than Half Of Brazilians Favor WC

Eighty days before the World Cup in Brazil, a survey found that "fewer than half of the host country’s citizens are positive about the monthlong event," according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. Twenty-four percent of people interviewed by Sao Paulo-based Datafolha said the tournament would be &l ...

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