9 Nov 2011

Brazil given hurry up over World Cup preparations

11:29 am on 9 November 2011

Brazil has been given the hurry up again over its 2014 football world cup preparations, with concerns that construction and infrastructure work is behind schedule.

FIFA's general secretary Jerome Valcke has warned that Brazil can't lose another day and urged authorities to redouble efforts to accelerate construction.

In mid-September, the Brazilian government gave assurances that the 12 World Cup venues were on schedule in construction or renovation and will be ready by December 2012.

But the government also admitted that work had not started in five of 13 airports which will welcome millions of tourists.