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Brazil officials guarantee Maracana completion

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-3-17 9:42:13

Brazil's 2014 World Cup organizing committee has guaranteed Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium will be ready in time to host the FIFA Confederations Cup in June.

The iconic venue has already had its playing surface laid but is still awaiting the installation of its fibre-glass roof.

Originally earmarked to be ready by December last year, the stadium has already had its completion postponed three times by local organizers.

Last month, world football's governing body FIFA said the latest deadline shift to April 27 would be final.

Speaking after a meeting with FIFA delegates in Rio on Saturday, local organizing committee integration manager Tiago Paes guaranteed the stadium would be ready to host Brazil's friendly against England on June 2.

"If we needed to change five per cent of the planned works, we would have a concerns," Paes said. "But that is not the case with the Maracana.Naturally some problems have come up but we are here to make sure they are sorted out quickly."

The Maracana Stadium will host both the Confederations Cup final on June 30 and the World Cup final on July 13 next year.

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