Valcke: No compromises for safety in Brazil venues
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke insisted Friday that no
compromises have been made on workers’ safety as organizers try to
overcome construction delays at World Cup stadiums in Brazil.
After the deaths of three workers in less than a month, Valcke
said that safety remains paramount for World Cup organizers.
”With all deadlines in mind, there will and have not been any
compromises in terms of safety and security – a matter which is
always top priority for workers, players and fans equally,” Valcke
said in his monthly column published on FIFA’s website.
A worker fell 115 feet to his death while working on a roofing
structure in the jungle city of Manaus last Saturday, and in late
November two workers were killed when a crane collapsed in the
stadium that will host the World Cup opener in Sao Paulo on June
None of the six stadiums that had to be delivered by the end of
the year, as requested by FIFA, will be ready on time. Even more
delays are expected because of the recent accidents in construction
sites. Six other stadiums were ready for the Confederations Cup
There is still no timetable for the Arena Amazonia in Manaus,
and the venue in Sao Paulo is not expected to be ready for test
events until April, two months before it has to host the opener
between Brazil and Croatia.
”All the other five will have hosted the first of at least
three test events within the first three months of 2014,” Valcke
Valcke praised how Brazil organized the World Cup draw this
month, but said that with the event already in the past, it’s time
to start putting the finishing touches to the tournament
”The Final Draw has spurred us on and given us the impetus and
motivation to concentrate on completing the important tasks still
remaining in the final preparation phase. The clock is ticking ever
faster and the level of anticipation is rising for all of us,”
”None of us organizers – FIFA, the LOC, the federal government
and the host cities – have the slightest cause to sit back and rest
on any laurels. The finishing touches are crucial, and they need to
be added in a number of areas,” the secretary general added.
After the stadiums are finally delivered, Valcke said ”the
temporary structures in all 12 stadiums need to be brought up to
FIFA World Cup standards and sizes, to name but two of the many
tasks still on the agenda.”
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