Brazil govt says no public money for 2014 stadiums

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil will not spend a single cent of public money on stadiums when it hosts the 2014 World Cup, Sports Minister Orlando Silva said on Tuesday. 

Silva also said that he wanted teams and fans to move around as much as possible despite the country’s current difficulties with transport. 

Brazil faces a huge task to update its stadiums, none of which meet standards for hosting World Cup games. Eighteen possible venues have been put forward, of which 14 would be refurbished and four would be brand new. 

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) estimated in their bid dossier that US$1.1bil would have to be spent on stadiums. 

Fatal outing: A hole is seen in a section of the stands at theFonte Nova Stadium in Salvador on Nov 25. Seven people diedafter a section of the stands at the stadium gave way at the end ofa match. – AP

Problems were highlighted 10 days ago when seven people fell to their deaths after the floor gave way in the upper tier of the Fonte Nova Stadium in Salvador during a Third Division game. Salvador is a possible host city although a new stadium would be built. 

“The stadiums for the World Cup will be built with private money,” Silva told an international football forum.  

“There will not be a cent of public money for the rebuilding of the stadiums.” 

However, he said public funds would be made available for other World Cup-related work. 

“The World Cup is an opportunity to modernise Brazil’s infrastructure,” he said. “We expect there will be improvements in all the hosts cities and an important legacy.” 

Silva said he wanted to follow the models used in the last three World Cups where teams travelled around the respective hosts countries rather than staying in one base. 

Brazil, the world’s fifth largest country by size, suffers from decaying highways and has been plagued by chaotic disruption to its air transport network in the last 15 months, which have seen two major crashes. 

“I think that with a few improvements our air system could easily deal with all the visitors,” said Silva. 

“I think it’s important they see as much of the country as possible.”  

He added: “It will be the best World Cup of all time. 

“The World Cup changes the perception that the rest of the world has of the host country. 

“Our belief is that there will be a fantastic perception of Brazil in the rest of the world.” – Reuters 

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