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Russian Olympic chief dismisses World Cup 2018 boycott fears

June 02, 2015, 14:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW
A number of western officials have earlier called for boycotting the tournament or changing its venue
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MOSCOW, June 2. /TASS/. The global sports community will never allow a boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia despite various political provocations, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, said on Tuesday.

A number of western officials have earlier called for boycotting the tournament or changing its venue.

"There will be no boycotts of the World Cup," Zhukov said. "I think the sports community will never allow a split. These political provocations will yield no results."

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.

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in 11 cities across Russia, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

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