Soccer’s governing body also reiterated Tuesday that such delays “will not be tolerated” earlier the 2014 World Cup.
One day after the delay was announced in Brasilia and less than two months before the Confederations Cup, FIFA met with local officials and local 2014 World Cup organizing committee in the capital in the country and announced it will create a new inspection visits to the Estadio Nacional in two weeks.
The stadium is expected to be open Sunday, but problems in the field forced organizers to change the date to May 18, just three days before FIFA takes over all six Confederations Cup venue.
“FIFA and the LOC showed concern over tight deadlines and the short time available for test events to guarantee the success of the functionality of the event on the scale of the FIFA Confederations Cup,” FIFA and the practice of local committee said in a joint statement.
“The day-to-day and on-site monitoring of construction works and stadium hire and temporary structures assembling LOC operational teams to work with the FCC six host cities are also intensified,” they said.
Brasilia officials blamed excessive rain in the region for delay installation schedule pitch. FIFA made it clear that it will not accept these types of excuses ahead of the World Cup.
“FIFA and the LOC highlight once more that it is exactly because of the inherent challenges faced major construction works – such as heavy rains observed in Brasilia – that the stadium should be ready enough time before and stress again that such delays observed will not be tolerated for (World Cup) stadium, “the statement said.
FIFA and the local organizing committee noted that the World Cup involves a “significantly higher number of host cities, teams, fans, match, journalists and TV audience.”
“This means that the flexibility observe the deadlines for the FIFA Confederations Cup will not be the same for the FIFA World Cup, when no exception is made and all the FIFA World Cup stadium must be delivered by the end of December 2013 with no compromises to be made by FIFA, “the statement said.
Original FIFA Confederations Cup stadium would all ready by last December but made an exception in Brazil due to delays in several venues, including the Maracana Stadium, which will host the tournament’s final in Rio de Janeiro on June 30. Local organizers then set April 15 as the deadline for the stadium, but only three made it.
FIFA said it would be better to have three events to test each of the six venues, but Secretary General Jerome Valcke recently admitted that at this stage of the two would be fine.
Gov. Brasilia. Agnelo Queiroz, who participated in Tuesday’s meeting, the Estadio Nacional guaranteed to be ready for the event scheduled for trial on May 18 and May 26.
“We are not going to risk the stadium delivery due to problems on the pitch,” he said.
The stadium is set to open in a Confederations Cup match between Brazil and Japan.