Soccerex Rio Cancelled

Organisers of the Soccerex Global Convention have confirmed the upcoming event in Rio de Janeiro has been cancelled due to civil unrest.

The decision, made by the Rio de Janeiro State Secretary of Sport is likely to raise more questions over safety ahead of next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Soccerex have notified the Rio State Government of their intention to initiate legal proceedings in order to seek compensation.

The annual conference, which brings together key figures in the game from across the globe, was due to be held at the iconic Maracana Stadium – the venue for the 2014 World Cup final – from 30 November to 5 December.

A Soccerex statement said: “Preparations for the event at the Maracana Stadium were well advanced with content planned, speakers confirmed and partnerships in place.

“To be summarily cancelled in such a cavalier fashion, having hosted 33 events over five continents is extremely frustrating but nevertheless it has happened and is in contravention of all of the contractual obligations of the Rio State Government, who have been notified of our intention to instigate legal proceedings for substantial compensation.”

Protests were held during this year’s Confederations Cup in Brazil, mainly over the cost of hosting the World Cup when some Brazilians feel the money should be spent on health, education and transport.

Soccerex chief executive Duncan Revie said: “On behalf of all at Soccerex, I would like to apologise to every business, football club, league, federation and media organisation affected by this news.

“This unique and cruel conclusion to our time in Rio was completely out of our hands and everyone who has attended a Soccerex event over the last 18 years will know this is not how we do business.

“We must look forward now to 2014, to our new event calendar and the Global Convention in Manchester.”

Brasilia Set to Host 2019 Summer Universiade

Following the absence of any other bidding cities (due to the withdraw of Baku and Budapest), Brazil’s capital city of Brasilia has been awarded the right to host the 2019 Summer Universiade.

The Brasilia bidding delegation that presented to governing body FISU in early November 2013 was made up of Ivan Camargo, the Rector of the University of Brasilia, Luciano Cabral, the President of the Brazilian University Sports Confederation (CBDU), Julio Filgueira, the CEO of the Bidding Committee, Angelo Queiroz, the Governor of the Federal District of Brasilia, Aldo Rebelo, the Sports Minister of Brazil, Washington Mesquita, a Member of Parliament of the Federal District of Brasilia, Julio Ribeiro, the Secretary for Sports of Brazil, Ricardo Capelli, the National Secretary for Sports and Education, Mrs Vera Cynthia Alvarez, the Minister of the General Coordination of Sports Exchanges and Cooperation, as well as Mateus Fiorentini (National Student Union of Brazil).

“The Summer Universiade represents an important opportunity to promote university sport in Brazil”, Luciano Cabral, the President of the Brazilian University Sports Confederation (CBDU) said.

“The Summer Universiade will leave a most-valuable legacy for the city and the Federal District of Brasilia, I am sure of that”, Angelo Queiroz, the Governor of the Federal District of Brasilia declared.

“Brazil has a long-standing tradition of university sport and I am convinced that Brasilia will organise an outstanding Universiade!” Aldo Rebelo, Sports Minister of Brazil, added.

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