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SBD Global/August 11, 2014/International Football

Russian Government Approves $150M 2018 World Cup Infrastructure Construction Subsidy

The Russian government approved Friday rules on subsidising construction of infrastructure for the 2018 football World Cup for a total of over 5.5 billion rubles ($151 million, 113 million euros).

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree setting out how regions hosting the matches can tap the funds under the government’s programme to support the World Cup.

While Russia successfully transformed the Black Sea resort of Sochi into a glittering sports venue to host February’s Winter Olympics, at a cost of over $50 billion, the World Cup presents an even bigger challenge as a radical overhaul is needed of sports, tourist and transport infrastructure in a string of under-developed regions across the vast country.

Some of the venues are already complete or well on schedule — but elsewhere work will be starting from scratch.

The programme has identified 28 projects including modernising the water and heating systems in cities hosting matches.

Officials have previously estimated that $20 billion will be needed to prepare for the World Cup, with about half coming from private investors and the other from regional government budgets.

- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/08/2018-world-cup-russia-okays-150m-subsidise/#sthash.c62nxceK.dpuf

The Russian government approved Friday rules on subsidising construction of infrastructure for the 2018 football World Cup for a total of over 5.5 billion rubles ($151 million, 113 million euros).

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree setting out how regions hosting the matches can tap the funds under the government’s programme to support the World Cup.

While Russia successfully transformed the Black Sea resort of Sochi into a glittering sports venue to host February’s Winter Olympics, at a cost of over $50 billion, the World Cup presents an even bigger challenge as a radical overhaul is needed of sports, tourist and transport infrastructure in a string of under-developed regions across the vast country.

Some of the venues are already complete or well on schedule — but elsewhere work will be starting from scratch.

The programme has identified 28 projects including modernising the water and heating systems in cities hosting matches.

Officials have previously estimated that $20 billion will be needed to prepare for the World Cup, with about half coming from private investors and the other from regional government budgets.

- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/08/2018-world-cup-russia-okays-150m-subsidise/#sthash.c62nxceK.dpuf
The Russian government "approved Friday rules on subsidizing construction of infrastructure" for the 2018 World Cup for a total of more than 5.5B rubles ($151M), according to the AFP. PM Dmitry Medvedev "signed a decree setting out how regions hosting the matches can tap the funds" under the government’s program to support the World Cup. While Russia successfully transformed the Black Sea resort of Sochi into a sports venue to host February’s Winter Olympics, at a cost of more than $50B, the World Cup "presents an even bigger challenge as a radical overhaul is needed of sports, tourist and transport infrastructure in a string of under-developed regions across the vast country." Officials previously estimated that $20B "will be needed to prepare for the World Cup, with about half coming from private investors and the other from regional government budgets" (AFP, 8/8).
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