Welcome address by Director of the Information and Press Department Maria Zakharova at the news conference of the Organising Committee of the Unofficial World Cup of Embassies in Russia-2017 international football tournament

Friday, 15 September 2017 21:48

Colleagues and friends,
Please accept my congratulations on holding this unique event, the Unofficial World Cup of Embassies in Russia-2017, which will take place for the first time on September 23-24 in Moscow at the Eduard Streltsov Sports Complex (formerly Torpedo Stadium). The team of our ministry is expected to take part in it as well.
This remarkable sporting event precedes the 2018 FIFA World Cup that will be held in 11 Russian cities, uniting 190 ethnic groups of the Russian Federation and about 2,000 others from the rest of the world.
It will be a venue both for competition and informal discussions of a broad range of issues, including those related to organising and hosting the FIFA World Cup in Russia. I am convinced the tournament will help us strengthen friendly, cultural, public, humanitarian and trade ties between the participating countries.
A gala match between the team consisting of the best embassy players and the team of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will be a special event at the tournament.
The Unofficial World Cup of Embassies is organised by the Foreign Ministry, its Administration for Service to the Diplomatic Corps (GlavUpDK), the Russian Football Premier League and the Football Market group of companies.
I would like to wish success to my colleagues on the football pitch. May the best team win!
We invite the following people to take their seats in the Presidium: national football legend Nikita Simonyan, Co-Chairman of the Cup’s Organising Committee and Chairman of the Football Market Board of Directors, as well as founder of the charity Fund for the Support of Sport, Culture and Health Yury Belous and Director of the GlavUpDK Public Relations Department Svetlana Chumikova.

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