The Secretary General of the International Football Federation FIFA along with some representatives of the delegation attended the events of the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students. Fatma Samoura took part in several panel discussions and sessions of the business programme of the Festival. At WFYS the delegation announced the launch of the All-Russian competition for public projects Heritage of the FIFA2018 World Cup Russia Voluntary Programme. Samoura met with young people off the business programme of the WFYS.
“No matter how much you travel the world and how closely you interact with people from all six continents, there is always something to learn. Always”, told Fatma Samoura. “There is something magical when so many young people from all over the world gather to discuss topics such as education, culture, sport and development. In a way, we will see history made, will witness the shaping of the future”.
Alongside with meetings with young people and taking part in the volunteer event of the Festival, the FIFA delegation discussed the organizational issues of the upcoming 2018 World Cup which will be held from June 14 to July 15, 2018 in eleven Russian cities: Moscow, Kaliningrad, Saint Petersburg, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Yekaterinburg.
“The 19th World Festival of Youth and Students again demonstrated that our country can host events of any level and significance with a large number of participants and organizing staff. For the first time in its history Russia will host the world football championship. Moreover, for the first time it will take place in Eastern Europe. I am confident that the 2018 FIFA World Cup will become another bright event not only for sports fans, but for all Russia and world citizens”, said Presidential Adviser Anton Kobyakov.
Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Vitaly Mutko is a Chairman of the Organizing Committee specially appointed by the Government of the Russian Federation and the Russian Football Union on January 2011 to prepare and hold the competition.