FIFA World Cup organization in Russia was successful - committee

FIFA World Cup organization in Russia was successful - committee
# 15 July 2018 03:34 (UTC +04:00)

The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia was a total success from the organizational point of view in all the host cities, the heads of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) have said, APA reports quoting TASS.

The tournament in Russia, which began on June 14 and was held in 11 Russian cities, will end on Sunday with the final clash between Croatia and France.

"Nearly all feedback that we received by now shows that the championship was a real success. I believe that the work of the organizing committee and all our colleagues and partners, which took several years, deserves the excellent mark. The cities did will," Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Russia-2018 Arkady Dvorkovich said on Saturday.

"Most importantly, our citizens demonstrated who we are and what Russia is like - an open, friendly and hospitable country," he added.

LOC Director General Aleksey Sorokin said a number of records were set during the World Cup.

‘The figures speak for themselves. Overall, the attendance of 98% at stadiums was a pleasant surprise. Tomorrow, we will approach the benchmark of 3 million tickets for the World Cup sold or distributed in other ways," he said.

The official also thanked the transport ministry, whose work helped to cope with unprecedented domestic air and rail traffic.

"There is a figure that I find astonishing: during the World Cup, airports have served 15 million passengers. This figure is truly overwhelming. As far as free trains are concerned, they carried more than 300,000 people. They were 70% loaded on average. This is a good result, too. This initiative got a very warm welcome from the fans, especially foreigners," Sorokin said.