Brazil facing challenges in 2014 World Cup preparations

Updated: 25 February 2011 19:49 IST

A report from the Brazilian government says the country is facing serious hurdles to upgrading its airports, infrastructure and stadiums before the 2014 World Cup.

Sao Paulo:

A report from the Brazilian government says the country is facing serious hurdles to upgrading its airports, infrastructure and stadiums before the 2014 World Cup.

The Brazilian Audit Court has blasted officials for missing deadlines, not controlling costs and for a lack of transparency in their work.

Calls and e-mails to Brazil's World Cup organizing committee were not returned.

The report, published by the government watchdog this week, underscores that 2011 is a key year to start major projects so they can be completed before the World Cup. But it finds widespread problems in most of the 12 host cities.

It states Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro may not be renovated in time.

Topics : Football Federation Internationale de Football Association Brazil
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