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All of Russia’s 2018 World Cup stadiums commissioned — organizers

April 27, 16:51 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in 48 days with the opening match in Moscow

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MOSCOW, April 27. /TASS/. The world’s governing football body, FIFA, will be definitely satisfied that all of 12 Russian stadiums, selected to host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, have been commissioned, General Director of the 2018 Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Alexei Sorokin said.

"At least three test matches have been scheduled to be held at each commissioned stadium," Sorokin said. "We are now focused on the operational and not the construction aspect."

"We are not expecting surprises from FIFA and the organization will be definitely satisfied that all stadiums were granted certificates of compliance with the required technical norms," Sorokin added.

The Russian Sports Ministry announced earlier in the day that the stadium in Samara was granted the commissioning permit. The stadium in Samara was the last one out of twelve football arenas, which will be the venues for the games of the much-anticipated global football tournament this summer, to receive the commissioning permit as the construction of the facility had been behind the initial schedule.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in 48 days with the opening match in the Russian capital of Moscow.

Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

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