MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. The experience of hosting the 2017 Confederations Cup will be useful for Russia in terms of its organization of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said on Thursday.
"I would like to point out the Confederations Cup in Russia this year if we are speaking about sports events, which our country hosted this year," Kolobkov told journalists in Moscow. "This was the so-called test tournament ahead of the world championship, but we managed to organize it at a very high level."
The sports minister said the fact that Russia organized the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup at the high level can be backed by "football fans, who arrived from abroad, media representatives and most importantly, by FIFA."
"The experience gained from the organization of the Confederations Cup will definitely help us with hosting the World Cup," Kolobkov said.
The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, also known as the Tournament of Champions, was held between June 17 and July 2 in four cities across Russia, namely at Spartak Stadium in Moscow, St. Petersburg Stadium, Fisht Stadium in Sochi and the Kazan Arena in Kazan.
On December 1, the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow hosted the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which determined the group breakdown for the FIFA flagship event next year. A total of 32 national football squads were divided into eight groups with four teams in each.
Russia 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.