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MOSCOW, January 30./TASS/. Russian two-time Olympic figure skating champion Evgeni Plushenko has become ambassador of Sochi, one of the host cities for the matches of the 2018 World Cup.
"Today Russia marks 500-day countdown to the FIFA World Cup - the biggest football event of the globe. The World Cup will be held in 11 cities of our country, and it is a great honor for me to become ambassador of the city of Sochi," Plushenko wrote in Instagram.
"I express sincere gratitude to Sochi Mayor Anatoly Nikolaevich (patronymic) Pakhomov for the invitation," he added.
Plushenko performed in four Olympics throughout his career, winning his first Olympic gold at the 2006 Winter Games in Italy’s Turin and the second in February 2014 at Russia’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Russia is currently in full-swing preparations for the global football tournaments after the country clinched the bid, following the final vote at the FIFA Executive Committee in December 2010. The victory came following a tight race against the bids from England, Portugal and Spain, in addition to a 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 above-mentioned cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital of Moscow.