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Russia hands over World Cup hosting duties to Qatar

At a Kremlin ceremony, Putin handed an official World Cup soccer ball to FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, who then handed it on to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

Putin said Russia was proud of its achievements in hosting the World Cup, and would share its experience with Qatar. The tournament will end later on Sunday with a final match between France and Croatia.

Qatar, next host of the soccer World Cup, will struggle to replicate the success of the Russian team on the pitch at this year’s tournament because it is a small country, Qatari leader said at a Kremlin ceremony.

Meanwhile, Thomas Bach, the head of the International Olympic Committee, congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on the success of the World Cup 2018 as he arrived in Moscow to see the final.

Bach said Russia showed the best of its hospitality and organisation skills, hosting the global tournament.

The meeting came shortly before the start of the final match between French and Croatian squads in Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium.