As part of Russia’s preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, the city of Ekaterinburg played host to a conference on 27-28 October 2011 focusing on transport planning ahead of the tournament. The conference was attended by Alexey Sorokin, CEO of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Local Organising Committee, representatives from the Ministry of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy and from the Russian Ministry of Transport, as well as delegates from all 13 candidate cities bidding to host matches during the 2018 World Cup.
During the conference, Sorokin spoke about FIFA’s requirements in terms of transport infrastructure and planning in the candidate host cities and also highlighted examples of how other countries have addressed transport issues in preparation for major sporting events.
“At the moment, it is extremely important that each of the cities bidding to host World Cup matches should flesh out their transport blueprint based on FIFA’s requirements. In the final analysis, the definitive list of cities to host the 2018 World Cup will be significantly influenced by just how effective that blueprint is for each of the candidate cities,” Sorokin said.
The conference, which was the third one this year to tackle transport planning ahead of Russia 2018, also featured reports from international transport infrastructure experts from Austria and Switzerland. At the end of the conference, the Ministry of Transport’s directorate drew up a transport planning schedule for the 2018 FIFA World Cup that was divided into three stages: blueprint, plan and operational plan.