MOSCOW, April 13. /TASS/. Russia’s Sports Ministry will be allowed to change the terms of state contracts on building stadiums for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia to prevent disruption of scheduled deadlines, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Monday.
The Russian Sports Ministry, which is a client of contractors building stadiums for the FIFA World Cup in 2018, will be allowed to change the price, timeframe and the volume of works for the purpose of cost optimization and make amendments to the stadium projects without any additional tenders after the government’s corresponding resolution, Mutko said.
"We have signed state contracts, which define certain time limits for design and construction works," Mutko who is also chairman of the Russia-2018 Organizing Committee said.
"Previously, new tenders were required to make any changes to the projects. Now client organizations will get certain freedom. They will be able to sign addenda to the project, without holding new tenders. For example, it will be possible to change some technical solutions."
Adjustments to the project documentation on stadiums are also prompted by the need to replace foreign-made equipment and materials with Russian alternatives and simplify the technological solutions for the stadiums’ roofing and their architectural look.
"We need to stay within the funds allocated for the construction of each arena. We must take the economic situation into account and we need to optimize project solutions, take the course towards substituting the imports of equipment and materials. This should reduce the cost of stadiums," the sports minister said.
"Football arenas are being built in complex economic conditions such as inflation, the growth of the foreign currency’s exchange rate and the rise in the cost of imported building materials," Mutko said.
"Now clients will work jointly with contractors on the process optimization. Let me emphasize, the deadlines for putting stadiums into operation will remain unchanged," he added.
Russia won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup over four years ago in a tight race against the joint bid from England, Portugal and Spain and the joint bid on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands.
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.
The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.