Putin Discuss FIFA World Cup 2018 Preparations

Putin Discuss FIFA World Cup 2018 Preparations

Good afternoon, colleagues.
Today at the joint meeting of the Council
for the Development of Physical Culture and Sport
and the Supervisory Board
of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Local Organising
Committee we will discuss the preparations
for the World Cup.
We have actually already conducted
a ‘dress rehearsal,’
which was the Confederations Cup.
The International Federation, Russian and foreign
journalists, fans and athletes gave positive
of the Confederations Cup’s organisation.
And once again I would like to thank
all those involved in preparing for this tournament
and those who worked at its facilities,
especially volunteers.
They were at their best as usual.
Now it is important to analyse both
the positive experience of the Cup,
and some of the weak points.
They showed, for example,
in public transport and sale of memorabilia.
There were problems with providing navigation
for fans and their comfort at the stadiums.
All this should be fully taken into account
during the preparations for the 2018 World Cup,
especially because the tournament
is much larger than the Confederation Cup and,
accordingly, requires more attention
and effective coordination of all the agencies involved.
Football fans certainly expect that the players
of the Russian national team,
the hosts of the championship,
will play their best and give their all for every match.
Colleagues,
the materials prepared by the Interdepartmental Control
Commission of the Council for the Development
of Physical Culture and Sport reflect the full range
of tasks.
More than just the success of the football
championship depends directly on addressing
these tasks effectively.
At stake is the prestige of Russia as a hospitable,
open country that displays full responsibility
when organising international events.
This applies, in particular, to security matters,
and the necessary funding should be determined
in the near future.
In addition,
we need to look once again at the availability of tickets
and to increase the number of cheap tickets
as much as possible.
Naturally,
this issue must be resolved in close cooperation
with FIFA and on the basis
of the Confederations Cup experience.
Of course,
the main question today is the readiness of facilities.
First,
delays on the preparation schedule
for the world championship are unacceptable.
We have just looked at some models and spoke
with governors about the location of facilities
and the shape they are in.
In general,
things are quite satisfactory although
there are some delays.
They are not critical and nothing is awful.
But as always,
as I have said many times and would like
to repeat today,
it is hardest to resolve tasks in the final stage.
It is necessary to pay special attention
to this because it is at the final stage
that it seems like everything
has been done and on time.
But if the final piece is not in place,
it means that we have not done everything,
we have not made it on time.
If we relax,
we will never finish the job.
It is necessary to thoroughly monitor each stage
of work every day.
Second,
stadiums and other facilities will be put into operation
only together with landscaped adjoining areas.
There should not be wastelands,
puddles or landfills.
Everything needs to be made comfortable
and convenient for people.
And in conclusion,
a few words on the 2018 FIFA
World Cup Heritage Concept.
The main goal of holding major international events,
including the Olympics or world championships,
is laying the groundwork for the future:
getting people, especially young people,
interested in sports and healthy living,
as well as efficient, long-term use
of the facilities and infrastructure
that have been built.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup legacy concept was adopted
by the Ministry of Sport in 2015.
However,
it can hardly be considered exhaustive.
I ask you to improve the document taking
into account the positive experience
of the legacy programmes of the 2013 Summer
Universiade in Kazan and the 2014 Winter Olympics
in Sochi and to approve it at the Government level.
It must include measures to develop football
in Russia in general,
primarily for children and youth.
For these purposes,
it makes sense to use the experience
of training young hockey players at Sochi's Sirius
centre and to provide for the creation of national
children's football centres in the regions
that are hosting matches.
The infrastructure will be ready.
Anyone else? No?
We also have a list of instructions on our agenda,
and it is good that Government representatives
are here because some of these instructions
directly concern the Government.
If you have any comments,
please speak now,
so nobody can say these instructions
were not coordinated with them
and are difficult or impossible to fulfil.
Vitaly Mutko: If you are referring
to the instructions that we approved,
we have no comments.
Regarding the comments you made
in your opening remarks,
we will review the heritage issue
and specify the programme with due account
for what you said today about the creation
and transfer of these centres,
even though we plan to turn over the World Cup
training camps to 50 children’s sports schools.
Again,
on the issue of stadiums,
the Government will analyse the possible support
measures,
because we will not simply turn the stadiums over
or operation by the host cities.
We have decided to create a management system
for these stadiums based on available experience,
and then we will transfer the stadiums
and the management concept to the cities
as a kind of heritage.
We will also consider support measures.
In other words,
we have no questions about financing or instructions.
We held a poll on the questions you outlined
and also transport logistics.
Indeed,
the World Cup matches will complicate
traffic in some cities.
We will take all these matters,
about which Mr Sokolov has reported,
into account.
But in general,
we have coordinated the draft instructions.
Good.
This makes this draft a practical document.
I hope that we will work to implement it
as energetically as everything else we have done.
Thank you very much.

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