Speaking at the Soccerex European Forum at Manchester Central, Djordjadze stressed the LOC’s achievements in its first development phase and outlined the priorities for 2013. “The foundations for hosting a FIFA World Cup in Russia are now firmly in place and I was delighted to be able to update the football community on our progress,” said Djordjadze.
"Since Russia was chosen to host the FIFA World Cup, the LOC has worked diligently with FIFA and our stakeholders and the results of these efforts can be seen by all. We have selected the 11 Host Cities, the venues for the opening match, the semi-finals and the Final are already confirmed and we also have our FIFA Confederations Cup concept in place.
The LOC’s plans will soon receive Russian government backing in two ways. By June, the federal government is expected to launch the infrastructure programme for works relating to Russia 2018, while Russia’s Federal Law on hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup is expected to be ratified later this year.
“The LOC finishes its part of the infrastructure programme and we are now expecting the federal government to launch the project,” Djordjadze said. “Once it does, and coupled with the introduction of the Federal Law, Russia 2018’s preparations will move up a gear.
“A big part of the next phase is to generate a sense of responsibility and anticipation in Russia before the eyes of the football world turn to us after Brazil 2014. I am confident that Russia will unite behind our vision of delivering an incredible FIFA World Cup experience from the whole heart of Russia.”