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FIFA wraps up Russia visit for World Cup bid
« on: August 20, 2010, 05:05:23 PM »

FIFA came away Thursday from its four-day visit to Russia, a potential host for the World Cup in 2018 or 2022, with some concerns.

Soccer's governing body insists that construction begin immediately on stadiums and infrastructure for the country to be considered a viable contender.

Russia claims it will construct all facilities from scratch with the exception of the proposed venue for the final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

The task includes work on 10 new stadiums, and upgrades of airports and roads.

Inspection committee head Harold Mayne-Nicholls visited four potential host cities St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan and Sochi.

He said Thursday that visit was "excellent," but the "work would need to start immediately" if Russia wins, "to guarantee that everything will be in place right in time."

FIFA will announce the winning bid on Dec. 2.

Other bids up for 2018 or 2022 include England and the United States, along with joint bids from Belgium and the Netherlands, and Spain and Portugal.

Australia, Japan, South Korea and Qatar are applying for only the 2022 World Cup.

--Head of the FIFA delegation, Harold Mayne-Nicholls, said his visit to Russia was "excellent," but expressed concerns about construction efforts if the 2018 or 2022 World Cup is held there.--