FIFA Pledges To Closely Monitor Stadiums With World Cup Less Than A Year Away
With the World Cup less than a year away, FIFA is "pledging to increase its monitoring of stadium construction in Brazil," according to Tales Azzoni of the AP. FIFA wants "all 12 stadiums ready for the June 2014 kickoff" of football's showcase event. There were "several stadium delays for the Confederations Cup earlier this year and FIFA has made it clear that it will not tolerate the same problems again." Brazil "has to deliver the final six World Cup venues by the end of the year." FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said, "'For us organizers a key focus is now on the 12 stadia, with a tighter monitoring naturally on the six arenas still under construction. You cannot expect everything to run perfectly in brand new stadia. That is where we will concentrate our efforts, as we seek to ensure the FIFA World Cup will be a roaring success for the teams, the fans and, most importantly, for the host nation Brazil" (AP, 8/2).