Brazil, you’re running out of time
"Listen, 100 days, it’s a long way to go and it’s a short way to go if there are still problems." – Sepp Blatter
With exactly 100 days left until the World Cup kicks off in Rio de Janeiro, FIFA and Sepp Blatter have done relatively little to calm nerves that Brazil will be able to meet their deadline by the time fans start trickling in to the country in early June.
With expectations understandably rife that Brazil’s World Cup will be one to remember, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that it could be for all the wrong reasons. Four stadiums are still under construction (with the roof of one recently collapsing), work outside many of the venues is still underway, and there are doubts as to whether the host cities will be able to accommodate the Fan Fests which have become a mainstay of recent World Cups.
The situation has grown so bad that some cities are still looking for corporate sponsors to fund these fan fests, with local populations becoming increasingly unwilling to financially support a World Cup that’s become more a hindrance than a celebration. Those public demonstrations that colored last summer’s Confederations Cup?
Don’t be surprised when the streets of Rio are filled with Brazilians marching through the streets for reasons other than a Brazilian victory this summer. Not to mention the fact that many of the infrastructural projects planned for the host cities have been put on hold, or are so far behind in their construction that it’s acknowledged that they won’t be completed by the time fans arrive. We’re talking sidewalks, paved access roads, lighting posts, airport terminals and railway lines. The situation on the ground is going to be… rough.
This isn’t to say that the Brazilian World Cup won’t be a spectacle, or that Brazil won’t be able to showcase its best side once the world’s attention focuses, but that with an ever shrinking time frame, it’s time for Brazil to get its act together. [Posted by Maxi]