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FIFA Head to Visit Russia, Qatar to Monitor World Cup Preparations in April

© REUTERS / Ruben SprichFIFA President Gianni Infantino attends a news conference after the executive committee meeting at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland March 18, 2016.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino attends a news conference after the executive committee meeting at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland March 18, 2016. - Sputnik International
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FIFA Newly Elected President Gianni Infantino will visit Russia and Qatar, the host countries of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup respectively, on April 19-22, as it was announced by FIFA authorities on Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino will visit Russia and Qatar, the host countries of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup respectively, on April 19-22, the football governing body announced Friday.

"The FIFA President will begin his two-day stay in Russia on 19 April with a visit to Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, venue of the Opening Match and Final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup," the statement reads.

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The FIFA chief will meet the leadership of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) as well as with the Russian Football Union (RFU) and attend a session on preparations for the tournament at the upper house of the Russian parliament.

"From Moscow President Infantino will then embark in the evening of 20 April for Doha, where he will meet, amongst others, senior board members of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and senior officials of the Qatari government," FIFA said.

Russia and Qatar were awarded the rights to host the FIFA World Cup championships in a statement released by the footballing body in 2010.

Infantio was elected president of FIFA in February after Joseph Blatter announced his resignation from the position amid an ongoing corruption scandal involving the organization.

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