Russia: «The most difficult tasks are solved» — Putin on World Cup 2018 preparations

SOT, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation (Russian): «Now it is important to analyse both the positive experience at the Сup, and also some so-called problem areas. They were manifested, for example, in the field of public transport and souvenirs sales. There are shortcomings in providing navigation for fans, their comfort at the stadiums. All this should be fully taken into account... Еще during the preparations for the World Cup. Moreover, it is much larger than the Confederations Cup, and so requires more attention and effective coordination of all structures involved». «In addition, we need to look again at such an aspect as ticket availability, try to do everything to ensure that the number of cheap tickets would be the maximum possible.» «Delays in the schedule of preparations programme for the World Cup are unacceptable. We now watched with our colleagues the mock-ups, we talked with the governors about what, where and in what state [they are in]. In general, it is in quite a satisfying condition. But there are still some lags, they are not critical, there is nothing so terrible, but as always, I have already spoken about it more than once and I want to repeat it again today — at the final stage, the most difficult tasks are solved, special attention must be attracted to this. At the final stage, it seems that everything has already been done, we already managed to do it. If it is not the end, it means that they have not done it yet, they have not had time. And if to relax this way, then we will not finish it. We need to closely monitor each stage of the work, every day.» Russian President Vladimir Putin advised thosed involved not to relax in their preparations for World Cup 2018, in Moscow on Tuesday. “We need to closely monitor each stage of the work, every day,” said the president during a meeting of the Physical Culture and Sports Development Council in the Russian capital. “Now it is important to analyse both the positive experience at the Confederations Сup, and also some so-called problem areas,” stated Putin. He mentioned that the tickets for matches should be as cheap as possible, and continued: “In general, it is in quite a satisfying condition. But there are still some lags, they are not critical.” The 2018 FIFA World Cup it is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July, 2018. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities across Russia, with the final taking place in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
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