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Brazil sports minister to stay during WCup

October 18, 2013

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo says he will accept a request from President Dilma Rousseff to stay in his post next year.

Rebelo, the government official in charge of preparations for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, announced on Wednesday he would likely resign in December to run for Sao Paulo state governor.

But the sports ministry said on Friday “Rebelo accepted the request from President Dilma and will remain in his post in 2014.”

Rebelo would have been leaving just as Brazil has to deliver the last six of the 12 World Cup stadiums that will be used next year. FIFA says all venues must be ready by December.

Presidential elections will be held after the World Cup, so it’s uncertain if he will stay for the Olympics.