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Volume 10 No. 22

Events and Attractions

Brazil Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo on Monday said he does not believe "there will be protests during the 2014 World Cup," according to LA AFICION. Rebelo assured that "the majority of stadium construction will be completed on time, although a minority will be ready in the months to come." Regarding threats from criminal group First Capital Command (PCC), Rebelo said, "The security system should consider all possible threats and risks. Our forces are trained and they will be prepared." Rebelo said he expects that "there will not be violent or non-violent protests, but there will instead be support for the event." Rebelo: "It will be a moment for fraternizing, and the people who have to protest will not do so during such a time" (LA AFICION, 10/28).

FOOTBALL FANS SHOT: In London, Simon Osborn reported four football fans in Brazil "have been shot in the latest attack on supporters ahead of the 2014 World Cup." The incident happened before a "second division match in Natal, north-eastern Brazil, on Saturday." Police claimed two fans were "hit in their feet and two in their legs during a clash between America and Ceara." Two of the fans remained hospitalized, "but their lives are not thought to be at risk." The teams’ supporters also "confronted each other inside the stadium and police had to intervene with pepper spray and tear gas" (METRO, 10/27).

Organizers predict Eden Park "will be at near capacity" for the inaugural Auckland's National Rugby League Nines tournament "judging by current ticket sales." Event promoter David Higgins said that two-day ticket sales for the Feb.15-16 tournament "were sitting at around 25,000," generating more than NZ$2M ($1.65M) in revenue (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 10/29). ... Organizers said that the Honda LPGA Thailand "will give more chances to local stars to play at its eighth edition next year." Thailand's premier women's golf tournament "will be the third event of the 2014 LPGA Tour season and held at Siam Country Club in Pattaya from Feb 20-23." Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., the main sponsor of the event, has contributed 1M baht ($32,200) to the Thailand Ladies Golf Association "to support its development programme to create young players" (BANGKOK POST, 10/29). ... South Africa's Premier Soccer League "continued to shuffle fixtures around" on Monday, creating an even "bigger backlog by announcing that Sunday's Telkom Knockout semifinal match between Kaizer Chiefs and Platinum Stars had been moved" (SOWETAN LIVE, 10/29).