Thursday’s announcement in Sao Paulo was preceded by the very real threat that one or more of the cities would be stripped of their hosting rights due to construction delays. However, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, Recife and Salvador will remain as the host cities for the World Cup’s traditional warm-up event, which will begin on June 15. FIFA had previously stated that the venues had to be completed six months ahead of kick-off. That date has now been replaced by an April 15 deadline to begin venue testing.
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Brazilian construction firm Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia has admitted to being involved in a cartel for the building of a stadium that was used to stage matches during the country’s hosting of the 2014 Fifa World Cup.Read on
A two-year window of opportunity presented by hosting sport’s two biggest events in quick succession has turned into a damage limitation exercise for Brazil. SportBusiness International assesses the political and economic turmoil that has accompanied the build-up to this month’s Rio Olympics.Read on