On Wednesday, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has thanked Gianni Infantino, FIFA president and the football community, for keeping politics out of the sport.
Putin also applauded the organisers of the event for the joint effort “as one big team” towards staging the 32-team event in 11 Russian cities until July 15.
He said: “I wanted to underline FIFA’s commitment to the principle of sports without politics,” Putin said during a FIFA Congress in Moscow while standing next to the World Cup trophy.
“Our country is prepared to host the World Cup. All should feel the hospitality and the welcoming nature of our nation, with its unique culture and nature,’’ Putin said.
“The World Cup is of great significance for our country. Tomorrow this dream comes true.”
“Together we have done everything in our power to make the tournament a top-notch event, be it for a player, a fan, or a fan in front of the TV.”