FIFA World Cup Russia: Will Russia Rise to the Occasion or Will We Have a Repeat of Sochi?

As Germany took the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the torch of hosting the next World Cup passes to Russia. Russia won the bidding for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and now people are worried. It’s difficult to forget the controversies that arose during the 2014 Winter Olympics. Will the 2018 FIFA World Cup be a repeat of the Sochi Olympics?

Controversies Surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics

Even before the Sochi Olympics began, people are skeptical about the choice of host. Russia was criticized for its policies regarding the LGBT community. Its politicians even passed a law that criminalized the distribution of any material that promotes non-traditional sexual relationships. This sparked outrage from the international LGBT community.

Others viewed rampant corruption regarding the funding of the Sochi Olympics due to the severe costs overruns. Sochi Olympics is currently the most expensive Winter Olympics in history. The government defended the expenses as not merely for the Winter Olympics, it’s also a long-term investment for the improvement of Sochi as a tourist destination.

Accommodation was also a concern since only 6 out of the 9 hotels were available for the accredited members of the media. There were also reports of lack of supply of water, contaminated water, unclean rooms, and missing furniture in the hotel rooms.

How Russia Responded after Winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup Bid

Despite the controversies surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics, Russia still won the bidding for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. People are now concerned whether it would just be a repeat of the Sochi Olympics. Maybe it won’t!

As early as 2013, Russia has already passed the 2018 FIFA World Cup law. This law is a preparation for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, allowing for visa-free entry to Russia for fans and spectators of the World Cup. Ticket holders would have free over-the-ground public transportation 18 hours before and after any match.

Football stadiums are also being made or renovated all around Russia. The government chose different locations to help visitors and players for reduced travel time. Some of the places where stadiums would be located are: 2 stadiums in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Volgograd, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, and Yekaterinburg.

With the preparation currently underway, it seems that Russia won’t make the same mistake they had in the beginning of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Who knows? Maybe 2018 FIFA World Cup would be the best one ever, and Russia take the gold!

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