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FIFA: Operational visit showed that Russia is well prepared for 2018 World Cup

The final results of the visit will be summed up following the delegation’s return to Moscow

KALININGRAD, March 26. /TASS/. The seventh operational visit of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and Russia 2018 local organizing committee showed that Russian cities are well prepared for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, said FIFA Director of Competitions Colin Smith.

Kaliningrad became the last point of the final stage of the seventh inspection visit of FIFA and the organizing committee to the stadiums that will host FIFA matches. Last week the delegation visited Yekaterinburg, Samara, Saransk and Nizhny Novgorod.

"General preparedness is good, it's on track. We highlighted cities where is more work to be done," Smith noted.

"Such events like the World Cup have devil in details so we move from the largest skill projects like construction and really into operational details. These details will provide the finishing touches for the different groups who will come," Smith added.

The final results of the visit will be summed up following the delegation’s return to Moscow. "We will go back to Moscow and consolidate the list of different cities and stadiums. We are working together with LOCs on the test matches," Smith said.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will run from June 14 to July 15 at 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities.