Russia: World Cup 2018 'on track' but still some way to go — FIFA at Moscow Stadium

Russia's World Cup 2018 is on track but there is still significant work to be done, according to FIFA Chief Competitions and Events Officer Colin Smith, who gave a roundup of preparations for the upcoming football event from Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, on Thursday. Members of the FIFA delegation were joined by representatives from the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC) as they... Еще inspected the Luzhniki Stadium. Smith explained that whilst overall “the state of readiness is good, the planning is good, and on track,” in some areas, risks still remain and that «the timelines are tight.» LOC Chief Aleksey Sorokin highlighted Samara and Kaliningrad as regions which infrastructure is yet to be finished and stadium planning is yet to be finalised, ahead of kick-off in June 2018. FIFA has committed to 350,000 Category 4 tickets, which are the most affordable and reserved exclusively for Russian citizens. The FIFA delegation inspected stadiums in seven cities across Russia, namely Ekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk, Nizhny Novgorod, Volgograd, and Kaliningrad. 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 being expected to take place in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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