April 16 – Brasilia’s Estadio Nacional, venue for the Confederations Cup opener, will not be finished by next Sunday as promised to FIFA… German Chancellor wants Qatar to ensure a fair tender process for companies bidding for World Cup infrastructure contracts… Work begins on Bordeaux’s Euro 2016 stadium.
May 2 – The most powerful officeholder in the EU will boycott Euro 2012 over human rights concerns in Ukraine. German chancellor Angela Merkel is among other European leaders who may soon follow suit, while US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has condemned Ukraine’s treatment of the country’s former prime minister. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
A commanding lead in public opinion helps put PyeongChang atop of the three-city race to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. The South Korean bid heads the chart with 77 out of 100 possible points in the 11-category index. Munich is in second with 74 points, while Annecy has earned true underdog status with 67 points