Vitaly Mutko: 2018 World Cup - project where you cannot relax, or you fall behind

"We need to build around 600 objects. Such huge project cannot be perfect," Sports Minister said.
15 April 2016
Sergey Fadeichev / TASS
CEO of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia Local Organizing Committee Alexey Sorokin and Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

CEO of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia Local Organizing Committee Alexey Sorokin and Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko © Sergey Fadeichev / TASS

You cannot relax during the preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, or you will significantly fall behind, according to Russia’s Sports Minister, Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee "Russia-2018" Vitaly Mutko.

A joint delegation of FIFA and the Local Organizing Committee "Russia-2018" visited St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Volgograd, Samara, Ekaterinburg and Sochi on April 4-14 with an operational visit. On April 15, Vitaly Mutko met with Chris Unger, Head of FIFA's World Cup Office, after the third operational visit of the FIFA to Russia.

"It was a very important meeting. The FIFA visit has ended, the project manager informed us about the preparations. We talked about a comfortable environment for the fans, construction of stadiums. This is a project where you cannot relax – you will fall behind,” Mutko said.

"We need to build around 600 objects. Such huge project cannot be perfect," Sports Minister said.