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Russian organizers of 2018 FIFA World Cup pledge reliability of security concept

December 26, 2015, 18:38 UTC+3 BERLIN
"We are aware of the threats. Our agencies have elaborated a concept and a strategy," the director general of 2018 Local Organizing Committee said
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BERLIN, December 26. /TASS/. Russian organizer of the 2018 FIFA World Cup are confident in the reliability of their tournament security concept, Alexei Sorokin, the director general of 2018 Local Organizing Committee (LOC), said in an interview with Germany’s Die Welt on Saturdday.

"We are aware of the threats. Our agencies have elaborated a concept and a strategy, which we think are sufficient to prevent any possible terrorist attacks during the 2018 World Cup," he said.

"Despite the current situation, we should remember that until now no terrorist attacks have been ever committed during world football competitions. We are confident Russian will be no exclusion," he stressed, adding that the security concept had not been amended after the Paris terror attacks, one of which was committed near a football stadium.

"There was no need to do that. We have always been aware of the threat of terrorism. We don’t have to change anything," he said.

When asked about the degree of preparedness of sports facilities, Sorokin said everything was at a stage "it should be." "Construction works are proceeding very quickly," he said, adding he was sure "the 2018 World Cup project will be a success for Russia."

"Everything will be ready in due time," he pledged.

"We want football fan from around the globe to feel at home in Russia. I think the 2018 World Cup will change the image of Russia in the eye of many people," Sorokin said.

Russia is currently in full-swing preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The country won the bid to host the global football championship over four years ago in a tight race against the bids 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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