Following this Thursday’s meeting of the Management Board of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Organising Committee (LOC) in Rio de Janeiro, FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke, LOC Chairman Jose Maria Marin, Brazilian Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo, and LOC Management Board member Ronaldo took part in a press conference.
The announcement that smoking will be prohibited at the stadiums hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil was just one of the topics that come up for discussion with the media.
FIFA.com rounds up what was said.
FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke
Ticket sales for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 have broken the previous record for the competition and that’s great news. Some 522,000 tickets have already been sold, and we now want to encourage people with disabilities to go and buy theirs before 15 April, which is when tickets originally set aside for them will go on general sale.
We’re not worried, but we are just a bit anxious, which is normal considering there are only 100 days to go before the FIFA Confederations Cup. It’s just part of the preparations for a big event. We want everything to be perfect and we want the organisation and the event itself to be just right. All we are concerned about is doing a good job. We don’t have a Plan B. We made the decision to use six stadiums and that’s not going to change.
The stadiums will be used at the FIFA Confederations Cup in just the same way they will at the FIFA World Cup, and if they aren’t then it means it won’t have been a perfect dress rehearsal. We’re approaching it as if it were the FIFA World Cup itself. A FIFA World Cup match is not like any other game in any stadium. In an ideal world, we’d have three test events before the tournament, but two is OK.
LOC Chairman Jose Maria Marin
There are only 100 days to go before the FIFA Confederations Cup. It’s been hard work up to now, but we, the Host Cities, the Brazilian government, FIFA and the LOC know that the next few months are going to be even busier and even more challenging. However, the level of commitment and willingness shown by everyone involved, including the Brazilian people, fuels our belief that we will be ready on time.
That belief is founded on the day-to-day work that is being carried out to ensure the FIFA Confederations Cup is an unquestionable success and paves the way for the FIFA World Cup one year later. These are complex events and we know that we will face new challenges. That’s why we want to anticipate them.
No test event will be 100 per cent like the FIFA Confederations Cup, but they will give us the opportunity to make essential modifications in areas such as transport, technology, security and the media, in partnership with the Host Cities, FIFA and federal government at all times.
Brazilian Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo
The FIFA World Cup is a celebration of art and sport, an occasion when the football world’s biggest stars come together and represent their respective countries. As well as being a well-organised celebration that’s beautiful and peaceful too, it’s an occasion when the world wants to see football at its very best. That’s why it generates so much expectation. Brazil has taken on a great responsibility and is very proud to be hosting this event and to work side by side with FIFA, the LOC, the state governments and the city councils.
We need to look on the FIFA Confederations Cup as a benchmark for ensuring the stadium-handover deadlines for the FIFA World Cup are met. We are working to a deadline of December 2013, which will then give us the time to anticipate the kind of problems that can crop up at an event of that type. Thanks to that work and cooperation, we are making sure that problems are being dealt with and challenges overcome.
Brazil 2014 LOC Management Board member Ronaldo
Recife and Belo Horizonte were amazing visits, and we saw an awful lot of progress at Recife in particular. I played many times at the Mineirao and it was a pleasure to be there. Both cities are ready for the FIFA Confederations Cup and that’s why we keep on saying how important it is to meet the stadium-handover deadline, so that we can stage a great FIFA Confederations Cup and the best FIFA World Cup of all time.