Russia 2018 visit

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Given the current conditions in and around Moscow as well as in other regions of Russia due to widespread fires, the Russian Bid Committee for the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup is in contact with FIFA regarding the upcoming visit of the FIFA inspection group, due to take place from 16 to 19 August 2010.

Bid CEO Alexey Sorokin said: " We are closely monitoring the developments together with the government of the Russian Federation and are in contact with FIFA. The itinerary of the inspection is such that we expect to be able to go ahead with the visit of the FIFA team as planned, with special arrangements being put in place for the part of the visit in Moscow. " The scheduled itinerary foresees visits to four proposed Host Cities, with three of four, namely St. Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi not being affected by the wildfire situation. The FIFA inspection team is due to arrive in Saint Petersburg on Monday, 16 August for the first stop on the four day–tour and will visit a number of facilities there. On Tuesday, 17 August, meetings are scheduled with the federal government and visits to a number of buildings foreseen for the FIFA Congress and the Final Draw as well as to Luzhniki stadium in Moscow. On Wednesday, 18 August the tour will continue to Kazan and Sochi. On Thursday, 19 August, the FIFA inspection group is due to return to Moscow and leave for Switzerland. Monday, 16 August 2010 – St. PetersburgTime Activity Location 14. 20 FIFA Inspection Group arrival, flight LX1310 – Pulkovo airportIntroductory meeting with the Bid Committee 15. 15 – 15. 30 Media statement / Photo opportunity – Pulkovo airportHost City presentation St. Petersburg – Smolny Palace (City Hall)FIFA World CupTM Stadium Saint Petersburg – Semi–Final Stadium presentation and site tour – Krestovsky IslandFan Fest site tour – Palace SquarePreliminary Draw Venue tour – Mariinsky TheatreDinner hosted by Bid Committee – Yusupov PalaceTuesday, 17 August 2010 – MoscowTime Activity LocationSaint Petersburg – Moscow flight Bid presentation at Russian Federation Government Reception House Host City presentation Moscow – Luzhniki Sport ComplexPresentation of Luzhniki Stadium Opening and Final Match Stadium tour – Luzhniki StadiumTour of proposed International Broadcasting Centre ExpocentreTour of proposed FIFA Headquarter Final Draw Venue tour – Manezh Exhibition Hall FIFA Congress Venue tour – Gostiny Dvor Congress CenterDinner hosted by RFU – KremlinFan Fest Location tour – Red SquareWednesday, 18 August 2010 – Kazan and SochiTime Activity LocationMoscow – Kazan flight Presentation airport upgrading project – Kazan airportInauguration Kazan Training Centres – Kazan Training CentresPresentation FIFA World CupTM Stadium – Kazan Kazan Stadium siteHost City presentation – City HallTransfer to the airport via Fan Fest Location – Kazan KremlinKazan – Sochi flight Host Сity presentation and FIFA World CupTM Stadium Sochi – Group Match Stadium site tour Stadium site, Olympic ParkTeam Base Camp Training Site tour – Metreveli Central StadiumDinner hosted by Bid Committee Thursday, 19 August 2010 – Moscow, departureTime Activity LocationFlight Sochi – Moscow 12. 20 – 12. 35 Press briefing – Domodedovo airport14. 40 FIFA Inspection Group departure

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