Russia to share World Cup’s organization experience with Qatar

Russia to share World Cup’s organization experience with Qatar

Russia is ready to share its experience with Qatar in the organization of the international football championship, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

"Our countries are cooperating in the sports sphere. After the successful organization of the [2018 FIFA] World Cup in Russia the next World Cup will be hosted by Qatar in 2022 and we have pointed out that the relevant structures of both countries are maintaining close contacts on this issue," the Russian top diplomat said at a joint news conference with Foreign Minister of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.

"We will be sharing our experience and giving advice to our friends in Qatar on a better approach to the organization of the international championship taking into account the decisions, which were made during the preparations for the World Cup in Russia and were justified," TASS cited Lavrov as saying.

Qatar is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup between November 21 and December 18 at seven venues across the country, namely in Doha, Lusail, Al-Wakrah, Al-Khor, Al-Rayyan, Umm Salal and Madinat ash Shamal.

Last summer Russia hosted its first-ever FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a remarkable opening show at Luzhniki Stadium on the evening of June 14 and ended with a spectacular final match, played also at the Luzhniki Stadium, where France confidently defeated Croatia 4-2 to win the much-coveted World Cup Trophy.