Russia 2018 LOC Supervisory Board convenes
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The first meeting of the Supervisory Board of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ was held today at the Government House in Moscow.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board. First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov held the meeting in his role as the First Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board. The inaugural meeting is seen as the official kick-off of the Local Organizing Committee’s activities. The members of the Supervisory board include Minister of Sports, Tourism, and Youth Policy Vitaly Mutko, federal ministers and heads of agencies, and governors of regions involved in hosting of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Vitaly Mutko has been appointed chairman of the 2018 Local Organizing Committee and deputy of the Supervisory Board Chairman. Alexey Sorokin is approved as the CEO of the Organizing Committee.

The meeting set the LOC’s key objectives for the next twelve months, including development of the federal law “On preparation and staging of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia” and host cities organizing committees’ structure and responsibilities.

“The FIFA World Cup is the world’s most prestigious tournament. We are proud that Russia has won the right to host this truly global football festival. The FIFA World Cup will leave a lasting legacy far beyond sports. The World Cup will boost infrastructure development in the country, promote healthy lifestyles among youth and demonstrate a new Russia to the world community”, said Vitaly Mutko.

CEO of the Local Organizing Committee Alexey Sorokin commented the importance of today’s event: “The first meeting of the Supervisory Board is undoubtedly a milestone. Key objectives for this year have been identified and areas for collaborations with regions and key federal ministries determined. I can tell that only very few World Cup Organizing Committees enjoyed a similar level of federal support in the past. This is our powerful resource, which FIFA appreciates a lot.”

Russia won the right to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup on 2 December 2010 in a tough competition by gaining an absolute majority of the FIFA Executive Committee votes. Russian Football Union and the Government of the Russian Federation founded the Local Organizing Committee Autonomous Non-Profit Organization on 17 January 2011.