After delay, FIFA to intensify stadium monitoring
FIFA will intensify its monitoring of the stadiums being
prepared for the upcoming Confederations Cup after local organizers
delayed the finish date of the venue hosting the opening match in
Football’s governing body also reiterated Tuesday that such
delays ”will not be tolerated” ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
A day after the delay announced in Brasilia and less than two
months before the Confederations Cup, FIFA met with local officials
and the local 2014 World Cup organizing committee in the nation’s
capital and announced it will make a new inspection visit at the
Estadio Nacional in two weeks.
The stadium was expected to be opened on Sunday, but problems
with the pitch forced organizers to change the date to May 18, just
three days before FIFA takes over all six Confederations Cup
”FIFA and the LOC demonstrated concern with the tight deadlines
and the short period available for the test events that guarantee
the operational success of events with the size of the FIFA
Confederations Cup,” FIFA and the local organizing committee said
in a joint statement.
”The daily and on-site monitoring of the stadium construction
works and the hiring and assembling of the temporary structures by
the LOC operational teams already working in the six FCC host
cities will be also intensified,” they said.
Officials in Brasilia blamed excessive rain in the region for
the disruption of the installation schedule of the pitch. FIFA made
it clear that it won’t accept these types of excuses ahead of the
”FIFA and the LOC highlight one more time that it is exactly
because of natural challenges faced in big construction works –
like the heavy rains observed in Brasilia – that the stadiums must
be ready enough time before and stress again that delays like the
ones observed will not be tolerated for the (World Cup) stadiums,”
the statement said.
FIFA and the local organizing committee noted that the World Cup
involves a ”significantly higher number of host cities, teams,
fans, matches, journalists and TV audience.”
”This means that the flexibility observed in the deadlines for
the FIFA Confederations Cup will not be the same for the FIFA World
Cup, when no exception will be made and all FIFA World Cup stadiums
must be delivered by end of December 2013 with no compromises to be
made by FIFA,” the statement said.
FIFA originally wanted all Confederations Cup stadiums ready by
last December but made an exception in Brazil because of delays
with several venues, including at the Maracana Stadium, which will
host the tournament’s final in Rio de Janeiro on June 30. Local
organizers then set April 15 as the deadline for the stadiums, but
only three made it.
FIFA said it would be ideal to have three test events in each of
the six venues, but Secretary General Jerome Valcke recently
admitted that at this stage two would be fine.
Brasilia Gov. Agnelo Queiroz, who participated in Tuesday’s
meeting, guaranteed that the Estadio Nacional will be ready for the
test events scheduled for May 18 and May 26.
”We are not going to risk the stadium delivery because of the
problem with the pitch,” he said.
The stadium is set to open the Confederations Cup with a match
between Brazil and Japan.
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