Site Change for Russia 2018 Host City


Samara is switching its World Cup stadium site after fatal flooding in July left the location approved by FIFA unfeasible. 
Samara sits at the confluence of the Volga and Samara rivers in southwestern Russia. (Getty Images)
In response to floods that killed 172 people in and around Krymsk, according to a Ria Novosti report, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed legislation specifying that any new construction near water must begin at least eight meters above the water level.
“It would take another [$32 million] of additional investment” to make Samara’s original site, which involved an island where two rivers meet, comply with the new building code, regional governor Nikolai Merkushkin was quoted by Ria Novosti.
“For that money, we would be able to landscape not only Samara and Tolyatti but could landscape practically the entire region.”
The new site for the 45,000-seat, $430 million stadium is near Samara’s airport and highway.

INTERPOL, Qatar 2022 Join Forces


Qatar 2022 is teaming with INTERPOL to ensure safety and security for the FIFA World Cup.
Ronald K. Noble and H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Nasser Al Thani put pen to paper. (Qatar 2022)
The so-called INTERPOL Group of Major Event Security Experts will bring together specialized law enforcement professionals and security experts worldwide to assist the Local Organizing Committee on security strategy, framework and practices over the next decade.
INTERPOL will provide a permanent chairperson and vice chairperson under the terms of the agreement signed Monday in Rome by H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Nasser Al Thani, the Chairman of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee’s Security Committee, and Ronald K. Noble, Secretary General of INTERPOL.
“By working with INTERPOL and its network of 190 member countries, the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee will be able to draw on a pool of expertise from around the world on how best to host a successful and safe tournament while adhering to the highest international standards,” Al Thani said in a statement.
Noble added: “The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee has shown great leadership in the area of security for its country, its people and the millions of football fans who will visit the region during the 2022 FIFA World Cup and we are delighted that they share INTERPOL’s vision for a safer world.”
J anet Williams, who led the London Metropolitan Police Service’s protective security planning for the 2012 London Olympic Games, will chair the Group.

Bangkok Futsal Arena Relieved of World Cup Role


FIFA says Bangkok’s showpiece $40 million arena will play no part in Thailand’s ongoing Futsal World Cup.
The 2012 Futsal World Cup kicked off Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 18 in Thailand. (Getty Images)
The decision comes after Saturday and Monday inspections of the 12,000-seat venue by a FIFA delegation including safety and security experts, among others.
“Following the report submitted by this group, a decision was taken today by the FIFA Futsal Committee, that the Bangkok Futsal Arenawill not be ready to host six matches on 14, 16 and 18 November,” says a Tuesday statement on FIFA.com.
“Although further significant progress has been made, including the installation of a pitch, the key criteria laid out following the committee’s meeting on 31 October have not been sufficiently met.”
Bangkok’s Nimibutr Stadium will take on the Nov. 14 quarterfinals while the Indoor Stadium Huamark, also in Bangkok, will assume the Nov. 16 semifinals and Nov. 18 final. Tickets for the six affected matches will remain valid at their new venues.
“The safety of spectators, teams and all other visitors to the stadium are of paramount importance,” reads the FIFA statement. 
“FIFA and the Local Organizing Committee therefore concluded that such a fundamental issue, as well as the functionality of core services and facilities, cannot be compromised.”
According to an Associated Press report, organizers are saying heavy rain and flooding are to blame for the building delays.
FIFA, notably, did acknowledge the “round-the-clock” – albeit unsuccessful – effort to finish the Bangkok Futsal Arena.

By INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson


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