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Start of Confed Cup is great holiday for Russia: Sports minister

IANS logoIANS 17-06-2017

The opening ceremony will begin at the St. Petersburg Stadium at 4 p.m. Moscow time (1300 GMT) on Saturday, two hours before a match between Russia and New Zealand, reports Tass news agency.

"For Russia this is a great holiday, we have been preparing for it over the past several years. Russia is 100 per cent ready," Kolobkov said.

"This is a challenging project, which includes transport, hotels and etc. It is most important that the preparedness for the Confederations Cup has been positively assessed by the FIFA representatives."

The FIFA Confederations Cup is viewed by experts as a rehearsal for the organisers, with only one year to go to the FIFA World Cup.

This year's tournament will be held between June 17 and July 2 at four stadiums in Russia.

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