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MOSCOW, June 1. /TASS/. The International Association of Football Federations (FIFA) has no intentions of placing Russia under a particular watch regarding anti-doping issues during the 2018 World Cup as the program is the same for all countries, FIFA President Gianni Infantino told journalists on Wednesday.
"We have a particular attention on everything, but not on a particular country, not in regard to Russia," Infantino, who is currently paying an official visit to Russia, said. "FIFA has strong anti-doping program since many years already and will continue to follow it up."
"In addition to that we are, of course, always collaborating with different confederations and national associations while in charge of anti-doping control," he said. "So we have our program and it is very strict and is very firm and we are following it through."
"But whether the World Cup is taking place in Russia or anywhere else the [anti-doping] program is always the same," Infantino added.
The FIFA president is paying a visit to Moscow on Wednesday to launch jointly with Russian President Vladimir Putin the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Volunteer Recruitment campaign.
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.
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, St. Petersburg Arena, Fisht in Sochi and Kazan-Arena in Kazan.