The president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff says her country is ready, and the World Cup will be a success.She addressed mounting criticism about the cost of getting ready for the biggest sporting event in the world.
“There are people who claim the resources for the Cup should have been directed to healthcare and education. I hear and respect those opinions, but I don’t agree with them. It is a false dilemma”, Rousseff said.
The $11 billion spent on stadiums and infrastructure was just a fraction of the money spent in other areas. Football’s governing body, FIFA, has also come under criticism– with some saying it is making money on the backs of Brazilian taxpayers. That is a claim the president of FIFA rejects. The opening match is set for Thursday.
The cost of the World Cup has triggered protests by service industries, including teachers and transit workers. Subway workers in Sao Paulo say their strike is on hold, but as a condition, they want 42 union workers fired during the strike are re-hired.
They plan to vote on their decision within hours of Thursday’s World Cup opening match in Sao Paulo. CCTV reporter Dan Williams has more from Sao Paulo.