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2 July 2018

Putin and Infantino kick off FIFA World Cup 2018 Park on Red Square

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Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the football park on Red Square that will remain open throughout the World Cup and inspected a pavilion where the main World Cup 2018 trophy is displayed.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee Chairman Alexey Sorokin and aide to the Russian President Igor Levitin took part in the ceremony.

Vladimir Putin and Gianni Infantino spoke with players from the children’s club Totem on an improvised pitch next to GUM department store. Both officials then helped kick off a show game as Infantino passed the ball to Putin who sent it flying towards the goal, where a young keeper parried the President’s shot.

The FIFA President had said earlier that day that the entire world was following the World Cup games in Russia and enjoying the splendid celebration of football.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russiaтм started on 14 June and will run through 15 July. Proxy Centre is responsible for providing transport services to World Cup customer groups and related events in three out of its four areas: West, Central and South. Vehicles have been provided by Mercedes and World Cup partners Hyundai and KIA. Our company promptly resolves any logistics matters and assists with high-level arrivals and departures. Proxy Centre specialists have organised operations of transport desks and transport areas in the 11 cities hosting the World Cup. Teams of our supervisors operate at participant points of arrival (airports and train stations), hotels and stadiums. Supervisor team leads present in each city are responsible for the quality of our services at each location. A total of 455 workers are involved in transport desk and transport area operations, including 150 in Moscow.

Proxy Centre took part in preparing for and hosting World Cup related events, such as the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 that took place in Moscow in June and July 2017 and the World Cup Final Draw on 1 December 2017 in the Kremlin Palace in Moscow.

Our specialists were also responsible for transport services during the Sochi workshop for participating national teams and FIFA inspections of the World Cup host cities.