Brazil: Another day, another delay

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Brazil has experienced two more quite visible delays in 2014 FIFA World Cup projects, one caused by success on the field and the other by weakness off it, writes Simon Tarmo.

In Rio, the state secretary for sport, tourism and leisure, Márcia Lins, has revealed that work on Maracanã will now not begin until after August 2010 to allow Flamengo to use the ground for its Copa Libertadores matches, following the team's strong end to the 2009 Brazilian season and subsequent classification for the South American clubs tournament. The Maracanã upgrade had been scheduled to begin in December 2009 but has been delayed until March 2010, with the initial, external works to allow the stadium to remain in use until August, when it will close until the completion of works. The additional difficulties involved with working on an operational stadium are still being considered by the planning committee and architects. In Cuiabá, which sits in the exact centre of South America and is the capital of the state of Mato Grosso (thick bush), the tender period for developers of the city's new stadium has been extended six weeks to allow more groups to submit their proposals. The tender was supposed to close on Wednesday 9 December but organisers decided that the 18 submitted bids were not sufficient and that the additional time will not affect the project start date, currently scheduled for February 2010. Also in Cuiabá, the public release of plans for the new World Cup–standard stadium show a strong focus on sustainability – economic, social and environmental. The project, by Sao Paulo's GCP Architects, involves a flexible, demountable facility which will eventually be reduced to around 70% of its World Cup–mode capacity of 43, 000 spectators. The design also features a strong focus on ventilation systems to help cope with the region's sweltering summers, whilst another key to the project is the stadium's integration with the surrounding areas, with plans to create a new urban centre post–2014. The entire project is currently budgeted at R$440m. About Simon TarmoA journalist from Sydney, Australia, and co–founder of industry journal Australian Sponsorship News, Simon Tarmo now lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Having worked on a range of writing, research and trade projects across a number of industries including sport, entertainment and wine, he is currently focusing on business opportunities involving the 2014 World Cup and Rio 2016 in Brazil. With fluent Portuguese language skills, he has an extensive network of contacts throughout Brazil and can advise and assist foreign groups doing business in the country. More details http://simontarmo. blogspot. com/ ~ Simon Tarmo+55 31 9196 0069simon@pando. com. auhttp://simontarmo. blogspot. com/

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