(WFI) Russia’s president urged organizers to find solutions to potential white elephants after the 2018 World Cup.
(WFI) FIFA presents its findings after completing an anti-doping investigation.
Dec. 26 – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko stepped down from his role as President of the Russian Football Union.
April 22 – Despite Russia’s financial crisis, sports minister Vitaly Mutko insists the 660 billion rubles ($12.4bn) budget for venues and infrastructure has not changed. Brian Pinelli reports from Sochi
March 13 – Despite Russia’s sports minister voicing “alarm” at World Cup stadium delays, 2018 CEO Alexey Sorokin tells INSIDER no city is at risk of being axed and says lessons have been learnt from Sochi Olympics. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson spoke with him.
Feb. 6 – FIFA president Sepp Blatter restates his opposition to age limits for sports administrators and talks about the “evils” in society at the IOC Session. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Sochi.
Jan. 17 – FIFA president Sepp Blatter says any boycott of the Sochi Olympics in protest against Russia’s human rights record would achieve nothing… The Swiss says he’s “not yet tired enough” to retire. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
October 31 – With less than 100 days to the 2014 Winter Games, the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, southern Russia, a venue for the Russia World Cup, is still to be finished. And its legacy remains unclear. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from the Black Sea resort.
August 13 – Russia 2018 chief Alexey Sorokin says the World Cup is “not a stage for various views… not for Nazis, not for any other ways of life”. More in this exclusive interview with World Football INSIDER editor Mark Bisson.
July 26 – The football legacy of the Sochi Winter Olympic stadium remains shrouded in mystery… No clear business plan for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup venue. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.