Russia is set to host the first ever World Cup in 2018 and President Vladimir Putin has expressed concerns after some stadiums remained behind schedule.
However, Putin said in a meeting of the presidential sports that he was satisfied with the overall condition of the venues.
“Any delays in the preparation for the World Cup are inadmissible. Solving problems is mostly complicated at the final stage and we should pay very special attention to it. In the final stage, it may seem that everything is done. But if something hasn’t been completed it means that nothing has been done. And if we relax, we’ll not fully accomplish the work.” Putin stated
The tournament will use 12 venues in 11 Russian cities which are Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
The 2018 World Cup will start from June 14 to July 15 and one of the primary concerns is the 45,000-seat World Cup stadium in Samara. (Check 12BET for more Soccer Betting Tips)
In this matter, Russia’s sports minister Pavel Kolobkov confirmed that the venue remains behind schedule but he said that it will be done on time.
“There are some delays at different stages of construction at the stadium in Samara. A timetable for making up for the delays and for the daily monitoring of the venue’s completion has been established.”
Going back, in June this year, Russia hosted the Confederations Cup as a rehearsal for the fast approaching World Cup.
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