FIFA WRAPS UP RUSSIA BID

FIFA concluded a four-day visit to Russia to assess its bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.

Russia was warned that stadium construction and infrastructure improvements must begin immediately if the bid is successful.

The country vows to build all facilities from scratch other than the proposed venue for the final, Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

A FIFA inspection committee arrived earlier in the week visiting four potential host cities of St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan and Sochi.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told FIFA on Tuesday that Russia will waive visa requirements for participants if it wins hosting rights, an idea the delegation warmly received.

Russia has axed visa requirements for sports events before, allowing Manchester United and Chelsea fans at the 2008 Champions League final to show their tickets at passport control.

FIFA will decide the winning bid in December 2010.

Posted on 19/08/2010