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Russian Deputy PM sees no reasons for relocating 2018 FIFA World Cup

December 16, 2016, 21:19 UTC+3 VOLGOGRAD
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VOLGOGRAD, December 16. /TASS/. The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia and there are no reasons whatsoever for relocating the venue despite the recent developments, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday.

In light of the alleged doping abuse and manipulations in Russian sports, the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) announced on Tuesday night its decision to relocate the 2017 World Championship from the Russian resort city of Sochi to another venue, which would be determined by the end of the week.

"I do not even want to discuss the issue of the possible relocation (of the 2018 World Cup)," Mutko, who is also the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), said. "I see no reasons for this."

Beginning this year Russian athletes were constantly in the focus of numerous doping abuse accusations. The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren, conducted an investigation into doping allegations in Russian sports and eventually came up with two parts of the report, the first delivered in July and the second on December 9.

Following the first part of the report, which claimed systematic doping abuse and manipulations in the Russian sport, the country’s track and field and weightlifting teams were banned from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. The whole Russian Paralympic team was also barred from taking part in the 2016 Summer Paralympics.

Russia is currently in full-swing preparations for the global football tournaments 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.

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