FIFA Chairman: Russia is ready for World Cup 2018

(VOVWORLD) - Russia is "100 percent ready" to host the World Cup, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday as he addressed concerns about racism, human rights and security in the host country a week before the tournament begins.

Russia will host the tournament from June 14 to July 15 in 12 stadiums across Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sochi. Infantino believes that supporters are in for a real treat. Russia has faced scrutiny in the lead-up to the tournament over issues including fan and team security as well as racism at matches.

Infantino said security measures have been implemented at the highest levels in coordination with other countries’ authorities to prevent violations, adding that this is the first time measures to counter racism were carried out since the construction of stadiums and acknowledged significant progress.