FIFA remains committed to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and says a boycott would not be an effective way of reducing tensions in the region, soccer`s world governing body said on Friday.
Fatal flooding indirectly led to a planned World Cup 2018 stadium in the Russian city of Samara being relocated to a new site.
Russia basked in the limelight Friday as the future first-time host of the World Cup in 2018, but media questioned how the country will pay the bill which they said could reach 50 billion dollars.
Russia and the tiny Gulf state of Qatar were awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively after an acrimonious bidding war.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is rushing to Zurich to meet FIFA officials following Russia winning the bid to host World Cup in 2018.
Day in Pics: 30th September
Showbiz World - September 30, 2014
George Clooney - Amal Alamuddin grand Venice wedding