Russia’s 2018 World Cup organizing committee on Thursday signed a coverage cooperation agreement with the country’s leading news agency RIA Novosti.
The deal gives the state-owned agency unbridled access to the team responsible for bringing the sport’s top event to Russia for the first time.
“With the help of RIA Novosti we will promote our news connected with preparations for the World Cup,” Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said.
The agreement was signed by Mutko and RIA Novosti General Director Nikolai Biryukov at the international sports forum Russia – A Sporting Power, which runs through Sunday in Saransk.
Saransk is one of 13 potential World Cup host cities, which are grouped into four regional clusters that are mostly confined to Russia’s European territory.
Russia is building or refurbishing 16 all-football stadiums for the event in a multibillion dollar construction project.
World football’s governing body FIFA voted to send the World Cup to Russia at a December congress in Zurich.