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VOLGOGRAD, April 29. /Offset. TASS Igor Kalenić/. Watch countdown to world Cup running on the Central embankment of Volgograd in a festive atmosphere. The ceremony was attended by representatives of regional and municipal authorities, the Olympic champion Tatyana Lebedev, Elena Slesarenko, the Ambassador of the 2018 world Cup from Volgograd, the former football player “the Rotor” Alexander Nikitin.

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“Not so long ago held Olympic games in Sochi, Universiade in Kazan, Volgograd finally became a full member of such a great event like the world Cup. We wish that the countdown clock was a reminder of the lessons of physical culture and inspired by it. You have to believe that victorious traditions of the military history of the city will proceed on the peace front, the sports arenas,” said a member of the Federation Council, the Olympic champion in long jump Tatyana Lebedeva .

Nikitin noted that “until the 2018 world Cup left 411 days, is quite a bit, and today’s launch countdown will not only residents but also its guests really feel the approach of the great sporting event”.

All honored guests thunderous applause and loud cries of the many guests clicked on the start button hours, made in the form of a soccer ball, thus began the countdown of days, hours and minutes before start of the championship. The clock is set on the Central promenade of Volgograd, where during the matches of the 2018 world Cup will be the fan zone. The watch is made of vandal-proof materials, equipped with a Wi-Fi router and built-in camera, with the help of which everyone can make his shot.

“Volgograd became the eighth city, which started a countdown clock to the start of the 2018 world Cup. Earlier these watches were launched in Moscow, St.-Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Rostov-on-don, Yekaterinburg and Kaliningrad”, – said the representative of the organizers, Anna Mironova.

World Cup 2018 will be held from 14 June to 15 July at 12 stadiums in 11 cities of Russia: Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov – on-don. Volgograd will host four matches of the group stage.