Churkin briefs UN General Assembly on World Cup preparations

The programme includes the construction of 269 venues

08 December 2016
Russia has accumulated vast experience of holding first-tier international sports events and is doing everything possible for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ to demonstrate the highest possible standard. That’s according to Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, speaking at the General Assembly at a session devoted to sport and its role in global development late Tuesday.

The diplomat reminded that Sochi hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics which saw “unique sports venues and modern transport and resort infrastructure” built in the years of preparation for the event.

According to Churkin, Russia is faced with a “goal no smaller in ambition – preparation and hosting of the World Cup in 2018”.

He said Russia fought for the right to host this major event openly, with the desire to promote the ideas of this top sport. He added that the task at hand “exceeds all previous projects held in Russia” and includes the construction of 269 venues.