Tragedy in Brazil Puts Huge Question Mark Over Country’s Readiness to Host World Cup

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Image Courtesy of Corinthians’ Official Facebook Page

An unexpected and shocking tragedy happened today in Brazil that has the entire soccer world reeling.

Earlier today, the roof of Arena do Corinthians – one of the stadiums constructed for the upcoming World Cup that was going to be the new home of Corinthians, one of the most popular teams in the country – collapsed and destroyed a huge part of the building, causing the death of at least two workers.

While it’s obvious that any human loss is a big blow, this tragedy could have severe implications for the World Cup as there’s now a sense of insecurity towards the planning of the event when there are only less than eight months to go.

The stadium was supposed to be ready before the end of the year and according to the construction company Odebrecht, the work was 97 percent finished. The cause of the accident are still to be determined, but there’s a growing fear among the soccer world because there are no guarantees that this situation won’t be repeated in another facility.

Until now, the only measure that will be taken is that the Development Committee of the World Cup will fly to Brazil to have a meeting with both the government and the construction company. The scenario is quite complicated because this venue was supposed to be the one hosting the first game of the World Cup next year.

No official announcement has been made from FIFA, and Brazil should be under the microscope until the tournament starts. This situation will surely complicate things going forward, and the country can’t afford another episode like this one with the tournament getting closer and closer.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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