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Russia: 2018 World Cup to be ‘treat’ for every visitor - FIFA Secretary General 02:19

Russia: 2018 World Cup to be ‘treat’ for every visitor - FIFA Secretary General

Russian Federation, Moscow
July 5, 2016 at 13:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Sports Minister Vitali Mutko, FIFA General Secretary Fatma Samoura alongside FIFA Director of Competitions Colin Smith participated in the press conference following the ninth board meeting of Russia's Local Organising Committee (LOC), in Moscow, Tuesday.

Samoura thanked Mutko for a warm welcome and stated that such a reception "leaves me with no doubt that the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be a great treat for every visitor that comes to Russia."

"It is impressive to see the complexity to the event of the scale, the details behind every single operational step," she added.

Mutko expressed hope and that "together with FIFA we will organise and host it at the highest level." Moreover, a special visa-free travel regime as well as free travel between Russian cities hosting the championship will be introduced for fans.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup matches will be held at 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara and Rostov-on-Don.

Russia: 2018 World Cup to be ‘treat’ for every visitor - FIFA Secretary General 02:19
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Russian Sports Minister Vitali Mutko, FIFA General Secretary Fatma Samoura alongside FIFA Director of Competitions Colin Smith participated in the press conference following the ninth board meeting of Russia's Local Organising Committee (LOC), in Moscow, Tuesday.

Samoura thanked Mutko for a warm welcome and stated that such a reception "leaves me with no doubt that the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be a great treat for every visitor that comes to Russia."

"It is impressive to see the complexity to the event of the scale, the details behind every single operational step," she added.

Mutko expressed hope and that "together with FIFA we will organise and host it at the highest level." Moreover, a special visa-free travel regime as well as free travel between Russian cities hosting the championship will be introduced for fans.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup matches will be held at 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara and Rostov-on-Don.