Brazil’s sports minister pledges ‘great’ World Cup



RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Amid corruption scandals and delays, Brazil’s new sports minister is promising a “great World Cup” in 2014.

Aldo Rebelo gave his upbeat prediction Monday days after it was reported that Ricardo Teixeira is preparing to resign as president of the 2014 World Cup organizing committee.

Teixeira is a member of FIFA’s executive committee. He is linked to an investigation of kickbacks at ISL, the marketing agency that owned World Cup television rights until its 2001 bankruptcy with estimated debts of $300 million.

Rebelo replaced Orlando Silva in October. Silva resigned after being embroiled in his own corruption scandal.