ST. PETERSBURG, August 12. /TASS/. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday he believed there would be attempts to strip Russia of the right to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but they would be futile.
"I do know that there will be certain attempts," Mutko, who is also the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU) and the chair of Russia-2018 Local Organizing Committee (LOC), told journalists.
"However, I am not afraid of them (attempts), since I am confident there are no grounds to strip us of the right to host the World Cup."
Russia is currently in full-swing preparations for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup after the country won the bid to host the world’s major football event.
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 aforementioned 11 cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in Russia’s capital.
The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will be held next year between June 17 and July 1 at four stadiums in Russia and they are the Otkritie-Arena in Moscow, St. Petersburg Arena, Fisht in Sochi and the Kazan Arena in Kazan.