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Russia: Putin hands World Cup host mantle to Qatari Emir02:16

Russia: Putin hands World Cup host mantle to Qatari Emir

Russian Federation, Moscow
July 15, 2018 at 15:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin handed the FIFA World Cup host country role to Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, in Moscow on Sunday.

In a ceremony attended by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, the Russian president presented his Qatari quest with a football as a symbolic relay baton.

"FIFA World Cup in Russia is coming to an end. We're proud of what we did for fans of this kind of sport," Putin said, adding "I'm sure that our friends from Qatar will organise and hold the 2022 FIFA World Cup at the same highest level.

The 2018 World Cup was held in 11 Russian cities from June 14 with the final taking place in Moscow on July 15.

The next World Cup is scheduled to be held from November 21 to December 18, 2022.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin handed the FIFA World Cup host country role to Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, in Moscow on Sunday.

In a ceremony attended by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, the Russian president presented his Qatari quest with a football as a symbolic relay baton.

"FIFA World Cup in Russia is coming to an end. We're proud of what we did for fans of this kind of sport," Putin said, adding "I'm sure that our friends from Qatar will organise and hold the 2022 FIFA World Cup at the same highest level.

The 2018 World Cup was held in 11 Russian cities from June 14 with the final taking place in Moscow on July 15.

The next World Cup is scheduled to be held from November 21 to December 18, 2022.

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