Olympic worries: Host Brazil behind schedule (again)
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 20, May 2015
Rio de Janeiro — In the run-up to the World Cup Soccer 2014 there was much international criticism of the preparations by host country Brazil. Now that the
2016 Summer Olympics are getting closer it seems more and more that history repeats itself.
In preparation for the
2014 World Cup, Brazil succeeded just to be prepared in time: soccer stadiums were last minute screwed together and the troubled infrastructure of major cities like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro were at the last moment or late reorganized.
2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiroare getting closer and this time again the Brazilians are way behind schedule with preparations for the largest sporting event in the world.
It drives the International Olympic Committee (IOC) crazy. Last year the IOC already voiced its concerns about the Brazilian approach.
According to members of the IOC, the
preparations for the 2016 Olympic Gamesare "the worst ever" and be best compared to those of Athens 2004, when it was also questionable whether Greece would have his act together at the start of the sporting event.
"The situation is critical," said John Coates, vice president of IOC already in 2014, about the Brazilian preparations for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
"We are extremely worried. They are not well prepared in many, many ways." According to Mr Coates, the lack of planning and implementation mainly due to the huge bureaucracy that is characterized in Brazil by treacly relations between governments at city, state and federal level.
Reportedly, the IOC secretly even asked London whether it wants to host the Games again in case Brazil fails to prepare adequately for 2016.
Although the members of the Olympic committee weakened their sharp words a bit and have expressed their confidence in the abilities of host city Rio de Janeiro, it is still possible the Olympic Games in The Marvellous City will be canceled.
To give an idea: in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics in London 80 per cent of all the stadiums and infrastructure were ready 500 days before the event. In Rio de Janeiro is estimated only ten percent of the required construction and energy projects are completed while a quarter of the projects has still not been scheduled.
To complete the overdue of work on time, Rio de Janeiro has still one year left to build furiously. A major problem is that such last-minute construction will be a lot more expensive, an extra amount that will have to be paid by the government - with public money.
How will the
Brazilian people, which in preparation for the World Cup 2014 already ascended to the streets in preparation for the World Cup 2014 already ascended to the streets to protest against the high government spending, deal with yet another exorbitantly expensive sports event?
In 2015, the Brazilian economy is weaker and faith in the government is less than in 2013.
IOC is possibly clutching at straws of the thought that in the end World Cup 2014 in Brazil turned out to be a great and well-organized sports event...