I’ve written a lot about how the preparations are already way behind schedule. Well, Brazil acknowledged yesterday the priority is “airports, airports, airports.”
That’s true, but it’s also “stadiums, stadiums, stadiums” and “infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure.”
There is so much to be done and the problem is not just that it isn’t being done quickly enough (basically, nothing has been built in the three years since Brazil was awarded the tournament). It’s also the ever increasing risk that they will only build the bare essentials, ignoring the legacy aspect.
If they don’t get their skates on there won’t be time to do anything more than the bare essentials.
My big fear is that the 2014 World Cup, even at this early stage, is shaping up to be a repeat of the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, which left not one new mile of metro and not one new motorway for the long-suffering people of Rio.
Experts in the field have suggested to me that less scrupulous elements are deliberately delaying building stadiums. If they delay until the last minute, the government could be forced to come in with money and save their blushes, said José Roberto Bernasconi, president of the National Association of Architectural and Consulting Engineering Companies.
That would mean more cash for everyone. “Everyone is waiting to see who will blink first,” Bernasconi, who wrote a report on the work that needs to be done, told me. “They’ll have to use public money. To play football you have to have stadiums. No one wants to take the risk.”