The FIFA Inspection Tour today concluded its four-day visit of Russia, which is one of 11 countries bidding to host the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup™. The six-member group, headed by Harold Mayne-Nicholls, travelled to Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan and Sochi, visiting four stadiums, training centres, Fan Fest sites, convention centres and airports.
“We feel that after our four days in Russia we have all the information needed to submit a fair report,” said Mayne-Nicholls.
The FIFA Inspection Tour team also had a 90-minute meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who declared: “Russia is ready for the World Cup. Everything would be on time and there would be no situation to prevent us from financing the budget needed to host the event."
Vitaly Mutko, Chairman of the Bid Committee and Russia’s Minister of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy, added: "You have seen the enthusiasm of the people, and how the various regions you have visited and the people in charge are behind our bid.
"A great deal of work is already in progress and more is still needed, but as we have said from the outset, we are fully determined to fulfil and excel the FIFA requirements and thus earn the right and privilege to host the FIFA World Cup.”