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Lula Blames Red Tape for Delays on Brazil’s 2014 World Cup Preparations

Guarulhos airport in São Paulo, Brazil Brazil has just announced investments equivalent to US$ 3.2 billion to upgrade airports in anticipation of the 2014 World Soccer Cup and then the 2016 Olympics, one of the most sensitive issues for the massive infrastructure needed to handle millions of foreign visitors.

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva made the official announcement at the same time he signed a decree elevating the debt cap of the 12 cities that will be hosting the World Cup.

The move was seen as a strong reply to recent comments from FIFA that the organization of the 2014 World Cup awarded to Brazil almost three years ago was behind schedule.

“Someone a few days ago said that we had lost two years and eight months since the Cup’s organization was awarded to Brazil, and that we haven’t done a thing since then,” said Lula.

FIFA Executive Secretary Jerome Valcke recently warned about the delay in infrastructure works for the Cup, particularly the overcrowded Brazilian airports.

Lula last week said that “it seems some people believe that those organizing the 2014 Cup in Brazil are a bunch of idiots”, adding that “ignorance sometimes makes people forget that there’s a forced bureaucratic ritual” for the liberation of funds to begin the works.

The funds announced will be invested in the airports of Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo, the twelve cities that have been selected for the Cup.

The largest share is destined to the São Paulo Guarulhos airport (US$ 680 million) while the least is earmarked for Recife in the Northeast, with US$ 11 million.

Rio do Janeiro’s Galeão airport will be receiving US$ 390 million since the city will also be hosting the Olympic Games in 2016.

The Brazilian government anticipates the upgrading should be finalized between June 2013 and April 2014, on time for the World Cup and the millions of tourists expected.

The ceremony was held at the Brazilian Foreign Affairs ministry with the attendance of Ricardo Teixeira, president of the Brazilian Football Confederation and the head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee Carlos Nuzman.

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  • oliverhear variant

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    The twelve host cities for the 2014 World Cup are: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Recife and Salvador. 5 stadia are being built and rest are being upgraded

  • capnamerca

    I dunno how . . . . .
    They think they’re going to make up for 2 1/2 lost years. The major construction projects I have seen here in the NE take forever to see any progress.

    [quote]Lula last week said that “it seems some people believe that those organizing the 2014 Cup in Brazil are a bunch of idiots”, adding that “ignorance sometimes makes people forget that there’s a forced bureaucratic ritual” for the liberation of funds to begin the works.[/quote]

    Lula must be the one forgetting things here. Like, who’s fault is it that this bureaucracy still operates exactly the same after 8 years of his government?

    If things don’t change drastically, (and they never have in Brazil) they are going to be more than 2 1/2 years behind when it’s time to play the games.

  • jose ferreira

    Clever Lula fooling the Brasilians again! The rest of the world managegs to pull it off, but dont stress too much as I dont think too many people will be coming and if they do it will have no long term positive effects on the country. Brasil has too many problems mainly due to the passive nature of its inhabitants, I am sure that Brasil may have a few fans that will come but they will not invest and stay unlike say the London olympics- basically another party and the use of the cheap girls locally wake up Brasilians see the rest of the world then maybe just maybe you may life in a different way.

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