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Alexei Sorokin

Russia vows ‘no white elephants’ after World Cup

MOSCOW: Russia's World Cup organising committee chief vowed to AFP on Thursday that next year's addition of the showpiece football competition will leave behind no abandoned "white elephant" stadiums or hotels. Speaking on the eve of Friday's group stage draw for the June 14-July 15 tournament, Alexei Sorokin said in an interview inside the State Kremlin Palace that Western sanctions on Russia did not impact its preparations in any way. And he admitted that the national squad faced strong pressure to do well at home,…