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Further delays at a World Cup stadium

The Arena Pantanal as it looked in February
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The Arena Pantanal in Cuiabá has become the latest venue to announce delays.

According to the governor of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, the World Cup stadium will now not be ready for usage until May.

Seating construction is still under way and looks set to drag on until a month before the World Cup kicks off on June 12.

Silval Barbosa, governor of the region, has blamed a construction company Kango Brasil for the additional delay but says that the venue will be ready five weeks before the tournament kicks-off in São Paulo on June 12.

"The company assures me that there will be a delivery of all units by the end of the month," he told Brazilian media.

"If they do not have time to finish in March, they will have until the deadline of May 6 to get them all installed."

Cuiabá will host four games: Chile v Australia, Russia v South Korea, Nigeria v Bosnia & Herzegovina and Japan v Colombia.


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