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Russian Federation extends ‘visa-free’ entry for tourists to year end

Russian Federation extends ‘visa-free’ entry for tourists to year end

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they were Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

Putin said Russian Federation could be "proud" of its hosting of the football World Cup, judging it a success "in every respect" after final.

At a ceremony held at the Kremlin's Armorial Hall, Putin handed over a red and white World Cup football to the emir of Qatar, where the next world football championship will be held from November 21 to December 18, 2022, according to a Kremlin statement.

Russian Federation extends ‘visa-free’ entry for tourists to year end
Russian Federation extends ‘visa-free’ entry for tourists to year end

As part of it's winning bid in 2010, Qatar promised to take apart numerous stadiums at the end of the World Cup and send sections to developing countries to help them grow the game. The human rights organisation maintained past year many "continue to suffer abuse and exploitation", despite claims the issues were being addressed. The website for the 2022 Supreme Committee says one hour is the "maximum" time supporters will have to spend travelling between venues, so "allowing fans, media, officials and delegates to watch more than one match in a single day while staying in the same accommodation throughout the tournament".

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When US national security adviser John Bolton was in Moscow last month to arrange the summit, he told Putin he looked forward to "learning how you've handled the World Cup so successfully". Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar. "A crucial role in this achievement was played by the referees who excelled with performances of the highest standard", said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. Under current plans, Europe are set to have 13 qualifying slots, the largest of any region - with holders France having to secure the chance to defend their title. "We invite everyone to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar!"

Because the next World Cup will fall during the normal domestic schedule for the majority of European club sides, the 2022 competition will take place over a reduced time frame of 28 days.

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