Silva to Continue as Brazil Sports Minister

December 23, 2010

Orlando Silva will continue in his role as Brazil’s Sports Minister under the new President-elect Dilma Rousseff.

Rousseff, who will begin his position in the New Year, has dropped plans to set-up a separate Ministry to exclusively oversee preparations for Rio 2016. Silva, 39, is seen as a key figure in Brazil’s successful bids to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well as the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Silva, will have a vital role to play in Rousseff’s new Government after being appointed as Sports Minister in March 2006. Silva earlier in the week played down reports that new government cuts to funding, would impact upon the quality and speed of the relevant infrastructure projects ahead of the World Cup in four years.

There are increasing concerns about Brazil’s preparations which were criticised publicly last week by FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who warned that they must step-up the pace of construction work.