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March 22, 2010
ABRACE Congress: Brazil loses out on the road to 2014

Photo/ Aldeci Lima
by Jorge Ribeiro, AIPS Bureau

BELO HORIZONTE, March 22, 2010 - The federal minister of sport, the governor of Minas Gerais State, the Mayor of Belo Horizonte city, the local leader of the organization committee for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the President of CBF (Football National Federation) all missed the 36th Congress of the Brazilian Sports Writers’ Association (ABRACE) where they had promised to speak to journalists. This hard coincidence was understood to be their reluctance to talk to the media, justifying the big black out over the next world championship after South Africa.

Unanimously the comments have focused the extended electoral process that will take place next November. All the governments will change because the President of the Republic and the State Governors will have new figures, bringing new programs and different budgets. Until then, to decide anything about the building of 2014 is a risk that nobody wants to take, the ABRACE Congress was told.

On behalf of the Governor of Minas Gerais, the journalists only heard an officer explaining the heavy structure to organize the FIFA Cup in Belo Horizonte, almost as complicated as that of the Municipality. There was no talk of the dimension of the venue for the Media.

During three days, twenty five (of twenty seven) state associations affiliated in ABRACE have discussed problems that nowadays disturb the journalistic activity. Reports on conditions and facilities, professional specialization, security for journalists and scholarship were matters of strong debate. Panels about the sport clubs in the 21st century, football referees and coaches, the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cups attracted many writers, professional journalists and students of Communication.

Interesting interventions of lawyers and judges, live radio shows on the stage, and four TV channels, made Congress much richer and reached a large audience with a long discussion involving three world famous football coaches: Mauro Fernandes, Vanderlei Luxemburgo, and Carlos Alberto Silva. The last day was dedicated to commemorate the 70th anniversary of ABRACE, sealed with a football match in the city of Ouro Preto, near Belo Horizonte.

AIPS was represented by Jorge Ribeiro, who talked about the world football championships, showing data and statistics, and their recent evolutions, comparing Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010.

The next congress of the Brazilian journalists (2011) was voted to be held in the city of Tocantins.

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