The World Cup's true cost

05/15/2014 5:05 AM

05/15/2014 8:41 AM

Re "With Cup a month away, a lot to be done in Brazil" (Sports, May 13): The article does a great job in covering the Brazilian government's dash to complete stadiums and in shedding light on the debt acquired by the Brazilian government as it attempts to complete its World Cup preparations. While succeeding in mentioning Brazil's $11.8 billion investment on stadiums, the piece fails to mention the negative effects of the event for Brazil's poor.

Most disconcerting is the fact that through their announcements to allocate $180 billion to FIFA projects, Brazilian government officials have chosen to publicly ignore their own populace in order to appease tourists. Construction has displaced thousands of Brazilians and caused the death of eight stadium workers.

As such, when considering FIFA's cost, we should ensure that the poor are a priority as they struggle with increasing costs in food and accentuated transportation issues.

-- Otto Raul Tielemans, Washington, D.C.

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