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Uncertainty over World Cup 2014 stadiums
Sao Paulo (AP) - FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke began his latest inspection tour of World Cup host cities Monday amid uncertainty about whether Brazil will be able to deliver the final six stadiums by the December deadline established by FIFA.
Valcke is visiting Porto Alegre and then Cuiaba, where local organizers are still trying to finalize a bidding process for the seats at the new stadium.
There were problems in the southern city of Curitiba, too, where construction was halted because of workers' safety concerns. Brazilian organizers say all stadiums will be completed in time despite the recent setbacks.
Valcke has made it clear FIFA will not accept the same delays that plagued stadium construction before the Confederations Cup earlier this year, when only two of the six venues were delivered on time. Some were ready just before the start of the warm-up tournament, keeping organizers from hosting the desired number of test events.
Of the six stadiums yet to be completed, five were less than 90 percent finished by September, according to recent government numbers. The venues with the most advanced work were in Natal and in Sao Paulo, home of the World Cup opener on June 12.
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