Russia presses on with 2018 World Cup preparations
Russia presses on with 2018 World Cup preparations

Russia is pressing ahead with preparations to host the 2018 World Cup finals following Sepp Blatter`s resignation as FIFA president and does not expect any boycotts of the tournament, Russian officials said on Wednesday.

Seb Coe against any boycott of soccer World Cup
Seb Coe against any boycott of soccer World Cup

Calls by Ukraine for a boycott of the 2018 soccer World Cup finals in Russia were given short shrift by double Olympic 1,500 metres gold medallist Seb Coe on Monday.

Ukraine urges allies to consider boycotting Russia's 2018 Football World Cup
Ukraine urges allies to consider boycotting Russia's 2018 Football World Cup

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged his country`s allies to consider boycotting the 2018 soccer World Cup in Russia if Moscow does not pull all its troops out of his territory, in a German newspaper interview published on Monday.

World`s top coaches reject the idea of 2018 World Cup boycott
World`s top coaches reject the idea of 2018 World Cup boycott

Coaches from some of the world`s top teams have played down chances of a sporting boycott of Vladimir Putin`s showpiece 2018 football World Cup as a penalty for stoking the crisis in Ukraine.

Russia doubles World Cup cost forecast to $20 billion

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Sunday the 2018 Football World Cup is projected to cost $19.2 billion, nearly double the initial forecasts.