Pele concerned by 2014 World Cup delays in Brazil

Pele says he’s concerned about Brazil’s slow preparations for

hosting the 2014 World Cup.

The soccer great defended FIFA for asking Brazil to urgently

approve a law establishing the legal framework needed for the

tournament. He says the government knew of the world governing

body’s demands when it bid to host the showcase event.

Pele, the World Cup’s official ambassador in Brazil, says he was

surprised by some of the delays in the 12 host cities, including

construction for stadiums. But he adds he’s confident Brazil will

do what is necessary to finish on time.

Pele made the comments at a news conference in Sao Paulo while

promoting a children’s research institute that bears his name.