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FIFA seek to improve WC organisation

ZURICH: Russia cannot avoid problems with its 2018 World Cup and FIFA will call a special meeting in September to improve organization of future tournaments, the world body’s secretary general said recently.  FIFA has faced a chaotic buildup to the World Cup that starts in Brazil in June and FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said, ‘I know that there will be a number of problems in Russia. Russia will not be easy. In Russia there is a lot of work to do,’ while adding that any difficulties would be different to the delays in Brazil.
For the moment, Russia’s preparations are ahead of schedule. Moscow and Saint Petersburg are used to major events, Valcke told a small group of reporters. ‘But in the other cities they also have to build new stadiums or to redo the stadiums.’ Russia last year selected 11 cities to host World Cup matches but several venues will need to be built from scratch in one of the most ambitious engineering projects in post-Soviet history.
Valcke expressed confidence that any obstacle could be overcome with the Russian organizers and government. The FIFA leader said top officials from the organisers of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Brazil, Russia and the Qatari organisers of the 2022 event will meet in September. The meeting would aim ‘to have a debrief on the experience of 2010 and 2014 and the way we should be working with the local organizing committee and the country because Russia will not be easy.’

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