BRASILIA, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed on Monday a decree raising the level of indebtedness for host cities to ensure the completion of infrastructure works for 2014 World Cup and Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
During the ceremony to launch the decree, the president announced that 3.545 billion will be allocated to upgrade airports and ports in the twelve cities hosting the soccer tournament in 2014.
"Things are going very quickly," said Lula, countering criticism of his government for delays in works, which he attributed to the "folly" of people who have no patience with the ritual required to put projects into practice.
Lula stressed that the project development stage is completed, as well as laws and measures necessary to enable state and local governments to raise funds for the completion of works.
Moreover, the president claimed that authorities in Sao Paulo, the richest state in Brazil, which is behind the work schedule, to accelerate the necessary measures.
"I honestly cannot imagine a World Cup in Brazil without counting on Sao Paulo as one of the corners where the athletes are going to play football. I am willing to participate in that conversation, I think the governor should have already called all involved to talk and find a solution, because the time is pressing, " he said.
After the president's speech, the Sports Minister Orlando Silva said that the government of Sao Paulo will meet on Thursday with representatives of Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and Sao Paulo Football Club (SPFC) to discuss a solution to the controversy over the stadium for the Cup in the state capital.
SPFC's stadium was vetoed by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and the alternative could be to build a new complex in the neighborhood of Pirituba.