Roof leaks, incomplete bathrooms and ticket sales for seats that don’t exist are just some of the problems fans have experienced after a stadium in Manaus was given a test run.
Fifa and Brazilian organisers have less than 100 days to get the country ready to host the world-wide spectacle.
T20 World Cup provides platform for underdogs
Afghanistan, Nepal, Ireland and the Netherlands are not household names when it comes to cricket, but these smaller cricketing nations will be given a chance to showcase their ability in the shortest format of the game.
The tournament will take place in Bangladesh in March and April, with the final being played on 7 April. All eyes will be on tournament favourites, the West Indies, who took the crown in 2012.
This will be the first time that the International Cricket Council has included 16 nations, instead of the usual 12. Fans can expect to see fast-paced, big hitting cricket and possibly a few major upsets.
Novak Djokovic wins in Indian Wells
Novak Djokovic came from a set down to beat Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. The defeat brought Federer’s 11-match winning streak to an end and allowed Djokovic to claim his third title at Indian Wells.
Djokovic, who had lost to Federer two weeks earlier in Dubai, had to dig deep to break Federer’s serve in the eighth game of the second set to level the match. “He doesn’t give you the victory; you have to earn it,” Djokovic said. Too many unforced errors by Federer allowed Djokovic to race into a 5-3 lead in the deciding set.
The Serb claimed the final set by way of a tie-break to win his first title of 2014.
Cyclist removed from Sky roster
Sergio Henao has been taken off Team Sky’s race roster after the results of a recent out-of-competition drug test have come under question.
Sky manager Dave Brailsford said that the team’s experts had raised questions about Henao’s test results and that they would like to understand them more. He also notified the International Cycling Union and the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation of the anomalous values.
Team Sky have requested that Henao return to his home country Columbia to undergo further testing at altitude.