The first round of survey in the World Cup stadiums in 2012 starts next week. The FIFA secretary general Jerôme Valcke comes to Brazil to check the progress of works in three arenas and will meet with members of the Local Organizing Committee (COL) as well.
The tour through the host cities begins next Monday (16), in Brasilia, where the secretary will closely see the workings of the Mané Garrincha National Stadium. The Federal District government informed that the arena has closed 2011 with 42% of the works completed.
That is why the federal capital stadium was nominated for the Confederations Cup opening, World Cup test event that takes place in June 2013.
The next day Valcke arrives in Fortaleza to follow the works in Castelão, which also will receive the Confederations Cup matches, including one of the semi-finals. With more than 53% of the works, the stadium of Ceará emerged as the most ahead of the World Cup, and it was rewarded with a participation of Brazil in the first round of the 2014 World Cup.
Also on Tuesday the secretary general goes to Salvador in order to visit the works of Fonte Nova, currently 35% ready for the World Cup. Since the capital of Bahia still has not guaranteed its place in the FIFA tournament-test, it has until June to convince the organization that it will be able to finish its arena in time. The Valcke’s survey is crucial to the goals of Salvador.
Another host city that has not been confirmed in the Confederations Cup is Recife. However, the capital of Pernambuco should stay out of the first surveys of the entity. In addition to Brasilia and Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro will host the event-test.
The secretary’s tour ends on Thursday, in Rio de Janeiro, where he will have meetings with members of the COL. One of the participants will be the former striker Ronaldo, recently nominated for one of the boards of the committee.