Monday, August 21, 2017

FIFA team continues Russian tour in Sochi

The FIFA delegation continued its trek across Russia's 13 candidate cities for the 2018 World Cup on Friday by stopping in the Olympic resort town of Sochi.

The delegation has already visited Yekaterinburg, Krasnodar, Kaliningrad, Rostov and St. Petersburg. The delegation will visit the remaining cities of Saransk, Volgograd, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan during a five day whistle-stop trip in late June, RIA Novosti reports.

Jurgen Mueller, the head of the delegation praised Sochi's hospitality but failed to reveal any of the group members' impressions or findings about any of the candidate cities.

"I like the climate and the people here," Muller said, according to RIA Novosti. "But it wouldn't be fair to other cities if I would describe what I like most in Sochi. So thank you very much for your hospitality."

The delegation visited the Sochi Olympic Park where the Fisht Olympic Stadium is being constructed for the 2014 Winter Games. Sochi is considered one of the top candidates to host matches in 2018. The delegation planned to visit Sochi in April, but poor visibility required the plane to be diverted to potential host city Rostov-on-Don.

Samara planned a fan event to impress the delegation. Local Russian Premier League club Krylya Sovetov organized the event because it would inherit the World Cup stadium after the tournament is over if the city is selected to host matches.