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MOSCOW, June 1. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino will launch the 2018 World Cup and the 2017 Confederations Cup Volunteer Recruitment campaign at a solemn ceremony on Wednesday afternoon in the Russian capital of Moscow.
The ceremony will be also attended by Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, Director General of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Russia-2018 Alexei Sorokin, famous Spanish footballer Carles Puyol, who is the 2008 Euro Cup champion and the 2010 World Cup champion, as well as by many other Russian officials, celebrities and footballers.
Last October, the Russian Sports Ministry certified 15 higher education establishments in 11 cities across Russia, officially authorizing them to recruit and prepare volunteers for the Confederations Cup and the World Cup, which are the two major FIFA events to be hosted by Russia in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Today’s ceremony will officially launch the recruitment, selection and training of volunteers for the 2017 and 2018 FIFA tournaments. A total of 5,000 volunteers will be selected to serve at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, while 15,000 volunteers are planned to be recruited for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Infantino, elected the president of the world’s governing body of football three months ago, is paying his second official visit to Russia in his current capacity.
He paid his previous visit to Moscow in late April. He held a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, Sports Minister Mutko and other state and sports officials, visited the Federation Council (the Russian parliament’s upper house), toured the newly-built Otkritie-Arena stadium, which will host 2018 World Cup matches, and paid a visit to the currently reconstructed Luzhniki Arena, which will host the final match of the 2018 World Cup.
Russia is currently in full-swing preparations for the global football championship after the country won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup at the FIFA Congress in Guatemala on December 4, 2010. The victory came following a tight race against the bid from England, the joint bid from Portugal and Spain and the joint bid on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands.
The country 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.
The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will be held at four stadiums in Russia and they are Otkritie-Arena in Moscow, Zenit-Arena in St. Petersburg, Fisht in Sochi and Kazan-Arena in Kazan.