Organizers happy with work at Curitiba venue

TALES AZZONI AP Sports Writer Published:

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian authorities say the pace of construction has improved significantly at the delayed World Cup stadium in Curitiba and are optimistic the southern city will still be able to host games.

A local government commission monitoring the work is expected to issue a report next week, but a city official told The Associated Press on Wednesday he doesn't think there will be a reason to drop Curitiba as a host city.

Curitiba Urban Planning Secretary Reginaldo Cordeiro says "work is progressing" satisfactorily at the Arena da Baixada.

FIFA said local officials have until Feb. 18 to show the city will be able to finish the stadium in time for the World Cup in June. Football's governing body will make its own evaluation to decide whether to keep games in Curitiba.