The 2014 World Cup was awarded to Brazil on the basis of, “sure, why not? I mean, it’s Brazil, right? They’ll be great,” and that was probably the most thought that has gone into anything involved with the project since. With two years left, the preparations for soccer’s quadrennial showcase event are roughly five percent finished.
“It shouldn’t be considered a problem that these projects haven’t started yet,” said Brazil’s Sports Minister, Aldo Rebelo. ”It doesn’t mean we have delays just because work on these projects hasn’t started yet. The planning process is just as important as the execution process. Everything is on schedule. We feel the work will be delivered on time, before 2014.”
According to CBS Sports:
The government said there are 101 projects in total, including airport upgrades, road construction and other undertakings needed to improve the 12 cities hosting matches in 2014. The report said 55 of the projects are under way, an increase from the numbers released in September 2011, when only about 30 had started.
The government said about 80 percent of the infrastructure work is expected to be completed by 2013.
The report also showed that 42 percent of the projects needed to upgrade Brazil’s outdated airports haven’t started yet, and that eight of the 12 World Cup stadiums were less than 50 percent completed.
Construction in venues in Natal, Cuiaba and Porto Alegre were less than 25 percent done, but the government said construction in all stadiums was going according to plan and would be completed in time for the World Cup and next year’s Confederations Cup.
Meanwhile, 100% of upgrades and construction projects needed to host a World Cup in the United States are completely finished.
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