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Chechen leader says Grozny ready to host 2018 World Cup training site

April 17, 2015, 17:56 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russia plans to increase the number of training sites across the country for participants of the 2018 FIFA World Cup by adding training camps in a number of cities, including in Grozny
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Capital of Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, Grozny

Capital of Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, Grozny

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MOSCOW, April 17. /TASS/. A training site, which may be built in the capital of Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, Grozny, for the participants of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, will be one of the best providing all the necessary conditions, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov told TASS on Friday.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said earlier in the day that Russia plans to increase the number of training sites across the country for participants of the 2018 FIFA World Cup by adding training camps in a number of cities, including in Grozny, Voronezh and Yaroslavl.

"The republic offers outstanding conditions and a perfect stadium with the necessary infrastructure, which complies with the international standards," Kadyrov said in an interview with TASS commenting on Mutko’s statement.

"At the same time, considering the specifics and peculiarities of the world championship we are building a new training site, which will be the best during the 2018 World Cup," Kadyrov said. "We have all the necessary conditions for players and their fans to enjoy their stay in the Republic of Chechnya."

Russia is currently gearing up for the Preliminary Draw, which is the first major kick-off event ahead of the global tournament itself.

The draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition will be held on July 25 in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg with a total of 208 nations having signed up for the participation in the event.

It will be for the first time in the history of World Cups, when all national teams registered for the Preliminary Draw. Russia as the hosting nation automatically qualified for the championship and therefore is not taking part in the preliminary competition.

The first major kick-start event of the 2018 World Cup will be held at the historic Konstantinovsky Palace, a stronghold of Russia’s rich culture located on the Gulf of Finland’s stunning shoreline. It used to serve in the 18th century as one of the residences of Russia’s imperial family.

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.

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