Sunday, June 24, 2018

Mutko: Yekaterinburg likely to host World Cup matches

Vitaly Mutko, Russia's sports minister and the chairman of the Russia 2018 Coordination Committee, has named Yekaterinburg as one of five cities that are prepared to host the World Cup in 2018.

The minister has divided the 13 candidate cities into three groups: ones that are prepared to host, ones that are highly likely to be ready to host and those that still have problems hindering their selection, Ural Business Consulting reports.

Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi and Yekaterinburg were categorized as cities prepared to host. Krasnodar and Samar were considered highly likely to be ready for the tournament, while Saransk, Volgograd, Yaroslavl, Kaliningrad and Rostov-on-Don were named as having certain problems involved in their candidacy.

Yekaterinburg was tested as a host city when it held qualification matches for the youth Euro Cup. Russia's national team defeated players from Poland in a recent match in the city, according to Ural Business Consulting.