2014 LOC reform urged

Sport Business News

Federal deputy Sílvio Torres, a member of Brazil's Sub–commission supervising the 2014 FIFA World Cup, has called for much greater transparency from the Federal Government and Local Organising Committee (LOC) following a recent tour to South Africa to inspect preparations for the 2010 event, writes Simon Tarmo.

The sub–commission, set up in June 2009 by the country's Chamber of Deputies, is aiming to follow and report on all public spending on the FIFA World Cup as closely as possible to ensure all decisions and decision makers are held to account. Torres commented that, unlike the 2010 LOC, which he described as democratic and rightly consisting of representatives from a wide range of relevant sectors, Brazil's 2014 LOC is essentially a 'private' body with a very centralised structure that doesn't feel the need to justify its decisions to anybody. Going further, he pointed out that, given the 2014 LOC is essentially under the auspices of the Brazilian Football Federation, and with Ricardo Teixeira heading both bodies, it is not advisable to give the Committee so much freedom and decision making power in light of the current state of the Brazilian football league. Torres recommends creating an intergovernmental executive committee incorporating various ministers and sectors to oversee all decisions relating to the Cup. The comments came as Torres presided over the launch of a new website aimed at publishing details of all public spending, works, and tenders involving Cup projects. Established by the National Congress upon prompting by Torres himself, the 'Network of Supervision and Control of The 2014 Cup' will attempt to overcome the 2014 LOC's lack of transparency to this point and will also be used for Rio 2016 projects. 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/

Additional information