Several companies involved in the construction of London's Olympic Park "have won contracts for other big sporting events, despite marketing restrictions around their role in the Games," according to Vanessa Kortekaas of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Aecom, which designed the master plan of the park that helped London win its Olympic bid, said it had since won a “couple of hundred million dollars” in projects directly related to its 2012 London Olympics work. Aecom ''designed the master plan" for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and "is also designing the broadcast centre for the Rio Games." Aecom Buildings CEO Jason Prior said, "In terms of exposure and reputation [from the Games], that’s a whole other kettle of fish which I haven’t tried to put a value on." Atkins "also received a boost" worth more than £70M ($110M) after it was "chosen to oversee the engineering planning" for large infrastructure projects linked to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Make Architects, which designed the handball arena -- or “copper box” -- for the London Games, "has also designed a visitor centre in the park, which is set to open next year." Make Architects partner Stuart Fraser said, "Our Olympic involvement has undoubtedly opened doors for us" (FT, 8/19).
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke will visit three Brazilian host sites of the 2014 World Cup a week after Brazil Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said that "the country needs to accelerate the construction of some stadiums," according to the AP. Valcke on Monday started his inspection visit to Brazil "in the midst of concerns about the state of Brazil's preparations for the 2014 World Cup." This will be Valcke's first visit to Brazil since the Confederations Cup, "with stops in Sao Paulo, Curitiba and Manaus" (AP, 8/18).