Brazil's infrastructure for 2014 World Cup to be ready, says president

12:18, July 10, 2010      

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Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Friday that the country's airports will be ready to answer the demand of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The Brazilian president, who met earlier in the day with South Africa's President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria, said that any worries about Brazil's infrastructure for the 2014 World Cup are unwarranted.

On Thursday, the President of Brazil's Football Confederation ( CBF), Ricardo Teixeira, expressed his worries about the ability of the Brazilian transportation network to handle the higher traffic caused by the Cup. He mentioned the several flight delays registered in South Africa as an example of what cannot happen in 2014.

However, President Lula believes that the investments which will be made in the country will help prevent this kind of problem.

"I think it is inopportune to be worried about the Brazilian infrastructure for the 2014 Cup," he said. "Thanks to the Growth Acceleration Project (PAC), Brazil will invest some 624 million U. S. dollars. We will invest in the country what was not invested in 30 years."

President Lula admitted that the transports infrastructure in Brazil needs improving, but assured that everything will be ready by the beginning of the tournament. According to him, the Cup will make people see Brazil with better eyes.

Source: Xinhua


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