Now that those pesky London Olympics are over, international sports coverage in the US can turn to bigger things, such as the upcoming World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, hosted in Rio de Janeiro.
This is the article that caught my attention.
I am pleased to see people discussing the games, though already labeling them a “costly disaster” is both premature and wildly alarmist. It is not, however, without precedent. Brazil’s lagging preparations for the 2014 World Cup have been noted not just by media outlets but also by FIFA itself. For those of you that didn’t catch it, FIFA’s Secretary General called Brazil out earlier this year over safety concerns, certain cities’ insufficient lack of accommodations, and stadium construction delays. Brazilian officials were, to say the least, displeased.
We discussed the progressively panicked perspective on Brazil’s preparations in one of our program-mandated courses yesterday. Our professor explained that delays of these sorts were common with large, public work projects in Brazil. If, for example, the government appropriate R$ 1 billion for a highway to be constructed in 14 months, the business that received the contract would request an extra R$ 200 million in necessary materials at month 12. It is not an “ideal” system, but I would believe reassurances from Brazilians. Projects might come in behind schedule and over budget, but they will – eventually – get done.