Apart from financial profit, the 2018 FIFA World Cup legacy will be the changed image of the country, Arkady Dvorkovich, president of the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM Local Organising Committee said, speaking at the Moscow City Press Center.
"The 2018 World Cup's main legacy are the changes in the country's image and in people's attitudes," Dvorkovich thinks.
Besides stadiums, a large number of training camps were built for the 2018 World Cup, which will be used to train young footballers and for sport development on a large scale.
"New clubs will be set up, football schools will be progressing. This material base will be used 100 percent non-stop," Dvorkovich said. Professional football clubs will also use the stadiums.
"The other infrastructure would have been built anyway, even though later and not as densely and not in such strict compliance with all the requirements and standards set forth by FIFA," Dvorkovich said.
He added that the infrastructure will give a boost to tourism and make domestic logistics easier. Dvorkovich stressed that some airports have been built "to grow into" and will need five to seven years to start operating at full capacity.
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