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Further delays to two 2014 FIFA World Cup host stadia projects were revealed in early February 2010, with Porto Alegre's Beira Rio development continuing in a state of suspended animation as the stadium's manager, Brazilian championship club Sport Club Internacional, awaits the sale of its old facility the 'Eucaliptos' as well as the clarification of special tax rules that would reduce the required investment by 30%.

This all despite the fact that the project was at one time scheduled to begin at the end of 2008. Although some minor works have begun, FIFA's March 2010 deadline for the beginning of the main project is now looking a very tough ask. The second delay occurred in Recife, the capital of president Lula's north–eastern home state Pernambuco, where the tender process for the primary construction contract for the Arena Capibaribe has been delayed by almost two months following a decision by the Federal Public Ministry to change parts of the tender requirements, allowing more groups to submit bids but forcing the submission date to be moved to late March 2010. The start date for construction has also been put back by two months, from March to May, however the organising committee remains adamant that the completion deadline of December 2012 will still be met. The same deadline for the Beira Rio project, December 2012, also remains, despite the ongoing impasse. The dates for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will certainly not change. 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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