The second visit of FIFA and the Organizing Committee "Russia-2018" finished in Moscow, writes R-sport.
FIFA's director of competition Colin Smith and the head of the Organizing Committee, the Minister of sport of the Russian Federation Vitaly Mutko summed up the results of the commission’s work, having noted that preparation for the mundial goes according to schedule, and that FIFA has no claims.
The delegation of FIFA officials and the organizing committee of the 2018 FIFA World Cup visited stadium under construction in St. Petersburg, the “Kazan Arena”, the reconstructed “Fisht” arena in Sochi, the “Luzhniki Stadium” and also the “Otkrytiye Arena” in Moscow. The commission got acquainted with other seven arenas being built for the 2018 FIFA World Cup virtually – by means of available information. In total the visit of the commission lasted from September, 1 to September, 11.
The first World Cup organized on the territory of Russia will take place from 14.06 to 15.07 in 2018. The tournament matches will be played in Moscow, Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Yekaterinburg. Today all the cities are anyway preparing for the games.
"We have visited five stadiums, to examine the others we used graphs and other available information, - Colin Smith reported. – We are very satisfied with the achieved progress. Now, we are waiting until the revealed defects will be eliminated and preparation proceeded. I would like to specify that visit was operational in essence. I can tell that at this stage we simply examined stadiums and came to a conclusion that everything is all right. The process goes really well, and all arenas are to be ready in time. During our tours we observe if everything is made according to the plans".
As usual for such briefings the majority of questions were addressed to Vitaly Mutko who not so long ago become also the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU). At first he answered the question concerning the status of stadium in Kaliningrad where the general contractor still has not started an active phase of construction. "In Kaliningrad we conduct the necessary preparations; work on a pile field was begun. But it is only a test period as long as the final decisions were not made. The state contract has not been signed yet. The budget is being studied now because the timeframe is very tough", - V. Mutko told.
"Today is the deadline fixed to the customers and developers. Today we are going to complete budget calculation and the stadium will have to pass budget examination. All agreements for preparatory work are concluded. Within a month an expert analysis will be carried out and if everything is successful, we will make a contract at the end of October or in the beginning of November. There are no threats so far. We control a situation. The state contract for Yekaterinburg was signed last week, so active construction can be started there", - Russia's Sport Minister noted.
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