We are nearly four months away from the kickoff of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, but construction issues continue to plague the progress made so far.
The Arena de Amazonia in Manaus was the latest stadium hit with problems, as it was announced on Friday that a 55-year-old Portuguese man was killed in an accident. The death was the third construction-related death at the venue in the last year.
In the wake of this recent tragedy, workers at the stadium are threatening to go on strike to demand better conditions at the site. A potential strike will further delay the completion of the stadium, which is already months behind schedule. As of now, only seven of the 12 match venues have been completed even though the organizing committee promised that they would be ready by the end of 2013.
Luckily for Brazil and their organizing committee, the stadium was nearly 97 percent completed when the tragedy occurred on Friday. The fact of the matter is the stadium should be completed already and FIFA is setting a terrible example by allowing the World Cup to go ahead as planned.
Brazil is the most successful country participating in the World Cup, but the country is not ready for this tournament. The people are rioting over excess money being spent on the tournament, as well as the upcoming Summer Olympics.
While it would be a headache to move the entire tournament at this point, it seems like the smarter option. Places like the United States, Germany and England all have the infrastructure and stadia to pull off a successful competition, even as last-minute as this would be.
Sadly, this issue does not seem like it will go away anytime soon with all of the reports of construction conditions in Qatar in preparation for the 2022 World Cup. Hopefully these problems will help national federations realize that changes at the top of FIFA are needed sooner rather than later.