SAO PAULO (AP) — World Cup organizers want to increase the number of workers at the delayed stadium in Curitiba that is at risk of being dropped.
A FIFA consultant and a technical team from the local World Cup organizing committee made the assessment after a visit to Arena da Baixada on Thursday, an official in the southern city said.
Reginaldo Cordeiro told The Associated Press the technical team was happy with the improvements made at the construction site, but advised local officials that the workforce must be increased soon to give the city a better chance of hosting its four scheduled matches in soccer's showcase event that begins in less than five months.
"It was a good visit because they saw that things progressed," Cordeiro, the city's urban planning secretary, said in a telephone interview. "But at the same time it wasn't that good because they asked for an increase in the workforce to speed up the construction."
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke visited Curitiba last month and told local officials they have until Feb. 18 to show the city will be able to finish the stadium in time for the World Cup.
Charles Botta, who compiles regular reports to FIFA's top management after visiting the World Cup stadiums, was among those who said the addition of more workers would be ideal to make sure the venue can remain a host city, according to Cordeiro. State and city engineers also participated in Thursday's meeting and agreed.
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