The tragic death of two workers involved in building the stadium to host the World Cup next June in São Paulo has reignited media coverage of delays and cost over-runs. A steady rumble of news has been coming out since demonstrations kicked off mid-year That rumble is turning ominously louder.
The Rousseff government urgently needs to spin a more positive story on the Cup as the countdown begins. Although its fractious relationship with FIFA seems to be a thing of the past, the end of year deadline for all stadia to be completed seems unlikely to be met. That could trigger further friction and another round of hostile media coverage.
A litany of difficulties is likely to dog the games from incomplete stadia through to unready airports. The stadium in the remote city of Cuiabá will not be ready for the Games while six out of the 10 airport projects are well behind.