"Russia does not just match but also sets world standards in holding major international competitions judging by the example shown at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017, Mikhail Degtyaryov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Physical Fitness, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs, said at the Kazan press center.
He also noted that the atmosphere in the semifinal match in Kazan was perfect: "Obviously, fans were happy. It was a festival of football. I've been to many matches in different countries, but I've never seen anything like it."
According to Degtyaryov, 26,000 people executed their right to visa-free entry to Russia using their FAN ID during the Confederations Cup. He also expressed hope that this figure will rise significantly during the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM.