With a little less than three months to go before the start of the Confederations Cup, FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke said that the Maracana reforms "are FIFA's biggest concern," according to REUTERS. Valcke said, "The city where I'm going in two days is the one that most worries FIFA. The delivery date is very important to test [the stadiums] before the start. May is late, and this could be very detrimental for FIFA, for the World Cup and for Brazil." The Maracana had an initial delivery date of December, then February, and the expectation is the arena will now be done by mid-April. The Confederations Cup begins in June (REUTERS, 3/5).
CANCELED VISIT: LANCE NET reported the heavy rainfall that hit Rio de Janeiro Tuesday night has left the Maracana ground inundated. The "chaotic situation" pushed World Cup Local Organizing Committee members to cancel their visit scheduled for Wednesday (LANCE PRESS, 3/6).
Euroleague Basketball has unveiled its new logo for its flagship event, the 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, to be held from May 10 to 12 at The O2 in London. The logo has been created by the int'l award-winning Greek agency Designers United, creators of three previous Final Four logos -- for Athens in '07, Berlin in '09 and Paris in '10. The 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four logo is inspired by London’s DNA as a modern and edgy city that conserves a hint of tradition, which is reflected by the juxtaposition of a modern, graffiti-inspired "lion-ball" topped with a classic crown (Euroleague).
The Int'l Hockey Federation revealed that New Delhi's Major Dhyan Chand Stadium will play host to the men's Hero Hockey Junior World Cup from Dec 6-15. Apart from Junior World Cup, the Indian capital "will also host" the men's Hero Hockey World League Finals from Jan. 10-18 next year (PTI, 3/6). ... Following "widespread criticism and requests" from the Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) and the Asian Cycling Confederation, the India Home Ministry "gave green signal for the 46-member Iran and 30-member China teams, for the Asian cycling championships, on Tuesday" (THE HINDU, 3/6). ... With the Tamil Nadu government "refusing to host Sri Lankan athletes on political grounds," the third leg of the Asian Grand Prix scheduled to be held in Chennai on May 16 has now been shifted to Colombo (PTI, 3/6).