Putin thanked Mutko for World Cup organization
Mutko oversees the construction in the current Cabinet and is not in charge of the sport, but he was responsible for the organization of the 2018 World Cup.
President Vladimir Putin personally thanked Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko at a meeting with the Cabinet for his significant contribution to the organization of the 2018 World Cup.
Mutko oversees the construction in the current Cabinet and is not in charge of the sports, but he was responsible for the organization of the 2018 World Cup.
"It was a great tournament! I thank everyone who took part in the organization of this grand event. This applies to those who are present here and who is not. Vitaly Leontievich, I want to thank you. You are not in charge of the sports now, but everyone is well aware that you were at the beginning of this organization, a lot of stuff happened," RIA Novosti quotes Putin.
Recall that Mutko left the post of chairman of the 2018 World Cup organizing in December last year out of doping charges and deprivation of Olympic accreditation. In early January, the official was expelled from the supervisory board of the organizing committee. However, he continued to supervise the preparation for Mundial and coordinate the construction of the necessary infrastructure as a Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.
Also at the end of last year, Mutko left the post of the Russian Football Union (RFU) president, suspending his activities. The functionary explained the dismissal with the protection of his honor and dignity in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.
2018 World Cup was held from June 14 to July 15 at 12 stadiums in 11 cities of Russia. France became the world champion, and the Russian team qualified for the quarterfinals.
Earlier on Wednesday, at the opening of the Moscow Urban Forum, Putin also spoke about the 2018 World Cup. According to him, foreign fans liked Russia, and they praised our hospitality and friendliness, our sports facilities and transport infrastructure, our cities, public spaces and modern service sector, the work of volunteers, medical and communal services, the police and other agencies responsible for public order.
“It is important that what our guests saw was not a showcase, not some artificial, short-term outer appearance, some flashy, virtual world. Everything they saw was real. The entire country is changing, and this is a consistent, long-term trend. We are investing huge efforts and money in it. These investments are designed, first of all, to improve the quality of life of our citizens and to create a whole range of opportunities for the personal fulfillment of each one of them. We will continue doing this, of course,” he stated.
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