Russian sport minister Vitaly Mutko. (Russia 2018)

(WFI) Russia has earned high marks from a FIFA legal delegation following its first official visit to the 2018 World Cup host.

“We were very impressed by the quality of the preliminary legal work done by the Local Organizing Committee,” delegation head Joerg Vollmueller said in remarks posted to
“We also highly appreciate the commitment of both the executive and legislative branches of the Russian Federation to draft and adopt the World Cup Law.

“We have no doubts that FIFA, together with Russia, will be able to secure an effective and mutually beneficial legal framework for the World Cup in Russia”.

The development of the federal law is among a handful of key objectives set for 2011 by the organizing committee at last month’s inaugural meeting of its supervisory board.
Also involved in last week’s meetings with FIFA were Russian sport minister Vitaly Mutko, speaker for the State Duma of Russia Svetlana Zhurova and new organizing committee CEO Alexey Sorokin as well as a government legal team.
“We presented to the FIFA delegation concept of the future law,” said Mutko. 
“The members of the delegation shared their comments and thoughts but appreciated the overall progress of the work done so far. FIFA legal team saw that Russia is working at a good pace and is committed to succeed.”
Russia is tasked with billion-dollar investments in construction and upgrades of venues and infrastructure ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

At the moment, 16 stadiums in 13 host cities are slated to host games. Four stadia in the Moscow area are proposed; 13 new venues could be built.

Club World Cup Confirmed for Tokyo
Tokyo will retain hosting rights of December’s FIFA Club World Cup in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter alongside Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan. (JFA)
FIFA president Sepp Blatter made the announcement following Monday meetings with Japan’s prime minister, Naoto Kan, the country’s minister for sports, education, culture, science and technology, Yoshiaki Takaki, and the president of the Japanese Football Association Junji Ogura.
“I am very pleased that we can come back and organise
the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan,” Blatter said in a statement.
“More than that, I am pleased that we will contribute to rebuilding the J.League medical centre and football academy in the disaster area and that, together with our partners adidas, we will provide thousands of equipment items for Japanese children.”
Three FIFA Goal projects worth $500,000 a piece will help fund the necessary construction.
Monday’s good news comes a day after October’s gymnastics world championships were reaffirmed for Tokyo but a week after Japan was forced to withdraw from the Copa America because of an inability to force European clubs to release players for the July 1-24 South American championships.
The Club World Cup is FIFA’s seven-team showcase pitting the host country’s top club against the champions from all six continents.

C.F. Monterrey and Auckland City F.C. will head to Tokyo for the Dec. 8-18 finals with representatives from UEFA, CONMEBOL, AFC and CAF still to be crowned.

“We are grateful for FIFA’s decision to bring the Club World Cup to Japan, especially because of what it means to the children, and we will make sure that all preparations are in place,” said prime minister Kan.

By INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson

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