Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Russia to extend soccer fans' visa-free regime to end

Russia to extend soccer fans' visa-free regime to end

Russia, the host of the just concluded World Cup, is now open to fans!

Father Amir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani and H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser with a replica of the World Cup trophy after the announcement that Qatar will be the host nation for the FIFA World Cup 2022, in Zurich in this December 2, 2010, photo.

Russian Federation became the target of almost 25 million cyber-attacks during the FIFA World Cup tournament, according to President Vladimir Putin.

Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Russia-2018 ArkadyDvorkovich said that 2018 FIFA World Cup is a huge driver for tourism development in Russia as the World Cup ticket allows millions of fans to enter Russia.

"We have made this grand event a success in every respect".

Russian Presient Vladimir Putin, during a meeting with Security Council organized for the World Cup has said that Moscow prevented almost 25 million attempts of cyber-attacks and other criminal acts against the nation's information infrastructure related to Soccer World Cup. "Although it will be hard to repeat that success [on the field] as we're a small country, but we are very keen on sport".

"We hope to overcome all the difficulties", he said. The FIFA President said 2022 edition of the World Cup will leave a positive and vital impact as it has in the 2018 edition.

"It (the blockade) hasn't affected construction on the site. However, they are not the only sources of material in the world", Tamim el-Abed, Lusail Stadium project manager, said. Construction continues on six of the venues, while the Khalifa International Stadium is one of those being refurbished.

He added that the Qatar National Team would surpass the success of the Russian National Team, by exceeding the quarter-final stage.

"There are plenty of other alternatives and we quickly diverted our sourcing to other places in the world and other shipping routes and got things back on track instantly".

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