Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has hit back at criticism surrounding the country's delays in construction of stadiums and transport infrastructure ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
Brazil's budget watchdog, TCU, claims it has spotted serious delays in works for the World Cup venues, adjacent roads, hotels and transport infrastructure. The report concluded that an apparent lack of planning and mounting execution problems could lead the Brazilian government to assume unfinished works and other unforeseen risks. FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke says Brazil face similar execution challenges to South Africa and added that the country is well off the mark in terms of their preparations. Speaking at an event to announce the start of the auction process for the construction of a high-speed passenger rail between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Lula says Brazil is ready for the tournament.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said, "The World Cup in Africa ended and now they already started to say: 'Where are the Brazilian airports? Where are the fast lanes for buses? Where are the Brazilian trains?' In other words, they speak as if we were a bunch of idiots who don't know how to do things and define priorities."
The TCU report also says that the Sports Ministry has received draft projects for eight of the planned 48 works needed to host the tournament and urged authorities not to follow the path of the main stadium that was built used at the Pan-American Games in 2007 which cost about eight times more than initially predicted.