The Minister of sports of Russia Pavel Kolobkov

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MOSCOW, 3 Oct. /TASS/. The total viewership of the world Cup in 2018 will make up half the population of the planet. This was stated by the Minister of sports of Russia Pavel Kolobkov at a joint meeting of the Council under RF President on development of physical culture and sports and the Supervisory Board of the organizing Committee “Russia-2018”, dedicated to the outcome in Russia of the FIFA confederations Cup 2017 and the preparations for the world Cup.

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“The expected number of audience [for games] more than 2.5 million people . The cumulative TV audience for the tournament is almost half of the population,” – said the Kolobok in his speech.

“Currently, the preparations are in full swing. It involves 15 Federal departments and agencies and 11 cities-organizers. Also included 34 region, where the bases of the teams. Obligations of the Russian Federation, including government guarantees given to FIFA [International football Federation] are performed under the special Federal law of the Russian program of preparations for the world Cup”, – reported the Minister of sport.

World Cup matches will be held from 14 June to 15 July in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Kazan, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-don, Saransk, Sochi, Kaliningrad, Volgograd and Yekaterinburg.