With 95 days to go before the ball starts rolling in the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, Brasilia – the setting for the Opening Match between the host nation and Japan on 15 June – has staged the first pre-tournament operational planning meeting.
Six of these meetings will be held in all, in each of the competition’s host cities, and their aim is to align and integrate the strategies designed by operational stakeholders at all the venues.
“We talk a lot every day about getting the handover for the FIFA Confederations Cup right,” said Ricardo Trade, the CEO of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Organising Committee (LOC). “And we all know that getting the handover right means doing it together. We are in very close contact with the host cities and the federal government on virtually a daily basis, but this is an excellent opportunity for us to bring all the public bodies involved together in a single room, at a time when anticipation is starting to rise ahead of the tournament.”
The meeting, organised by the Brazilian Ministry of Sport in conjunction with the LOC and the host city Brasilia, discussed operational issues in areas such as security, the ticket collection and checking procedures, airports, transport and mobility, telecommunications, health and the environment.
“There is a genuine desire for cooperation and everyone involved is putting in a great deal of effort, which makes the job a whole lot easier,” said the Brazilian Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo. “Brazil has already set an example by beating the previous record for ticket sales, but we want to set more examples in organising the event and making the most of this opportunity to underscore our ability to stage the FIFA World Cup successfully.”
Agnelo Queiroz, the Governor of the Federal District of Brasilia, said: “This is an important meeting in terms of making adjustments and making absolutely sure every initiative is implemented in a whole range of areas such as welcoming fans, tourism, health, the environment and volunteers. We know just how much these events mean to the image of Brazil and its development, and in Brasilia’s case we have a beautiful stadium and are making improvements in transport, airports, public security and the hotel sector.”
As well as focusing on the general planning of the event, which will be discussed with all six host cities, the meeting also centred on operational factors specific to Brasilia.
The six meetings will be attended by representatives from the following bodies and government departments: the Executive Office of the Brazilian presidency, the ministries of Sport, Planning, the Treasury, Urban Affairs, Transport, Defence, Justice, Health, Tourism, the Environment, Mining and Energy, Culture and Communications, the Institutional Security Cabinet, the Civil Aviation Agency, the Social Communication Agency, the National Ports Agency and the government of the Federal District of Brasilia.
Further operational planning meetings will be held in the other five host cities of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 in the next few days, firstly in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday and Fortaleza on Thursday and then in Recife on 26 March, Salvador on 27 March and Belo Horizonte on 2 April.