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DOMODEDOVO, March 21. /TASS/. Authorities of the Moscow Region plan to allocate a total of 3.9 billion rubles ($68.1 million) to prepare training and accommodation sites for teams coming to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the region’s sports minister said on Tuesday.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko announced earlier in the day that More than 90% of football training bases located in the Moscow Region will be utilized during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
"Within the frames of the improvement works in the region, we have examined 276 routes, which will serve the teams and football fans," Moscow Region Sports Minister Roman Teryushkov said.
The official added that a total of 3.9 billion rubles would be allocated for the preparations, which include roads maintenance, architectural appeal and services.
Moscow Region Governor Alexei Vorobyov said earlier in the day that upgrade and construction works at a total of 16 training sites, intended for the 2018 World Cup, would begin next month.
"We are beginning the upgrade and construction works at all 16 sites in April," Vorobyov said. "We do understand that the playing fields will be in the focus of our work. We will also focus on municipal improvements."
Russia is currently in full-swing preparations for the upcoming global football tournaments after the country clinched the bid, following the final vote at the FIFA Executive Committee in December 2010.