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2018 World Cup was a big success: Russian organizers

IANS  |  Moscow 

The 2018 Cup in has been a resounding success, according to the Local Organizing Committees and Russian Vice Prime Minister, Arkady Dvorkovich, who on Saturday praised the work done across the country's 12 host cities.

The majority of the heavy lifting in terms of logistics is nearly complete; all that remains is the third-place playoff pitting against England later Saturday, followed by the Croatia-final on Sunday, reports

"Based on the feedback, Russia's Cup was a real success. This is the opinion of the fans, those who traveled across the country and the opinion of the TV audience," Dvorkovich said during a press conference.

"The cities coped both in terms of hospitality and security. The most important thing is that our citizens showed that is an open and friendly country," he added.

highlighted how well handled the massive influx of Cup supporters, saying "Airports processed a total of 15 million passengers during the World Cup, it's mind-blowing. Over 300,000 passengers used the free trains. Around 7 million people attended the fan fests. Our guests are happy and returning home with warm feelings."

"We were pleasantly surprised with the 98 per cent attendance rate at the matches. We showed to the whole world that we love and we are the country of football," he added.

Sorokin also highlighted his national team's "brilliant performance" that brought them to their first-ever quarterfinals, where they lost to on a penalty shootout.



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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 16:36 IST