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Visa fee-waiver for Moscow 2013 World Athletic Championships

Visa fee-waiver for Moscow 2013 World Athletic Championships

The Russian Government is hopefully about to approve plans for a simplified visa procedure and possible fee-waiver, ahead of the World Athletic Championships, held in Moscow this August.

The proposal was discussed during a recent meeting between the Moscow 2013 Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF). According to the Executive Director of the LOC, Aleksandr Polinskiy, the proposed document “will soon be approved” and all paperwork will be signed. Polinskiy explained they have advised for “all the Consulates to apply a fee-waiver for Moscow 2013 participants and guests”.

At yesterdays IAAF press conference, the president Lamine Diack commented that ‘Moscow will deliver a wonderful championships’. He also praised the level of cooperation between the LAAF and the LOC and said that “technical preparations are on schedule to deliver a great Championship; Luzhniki Stadium which hosted the 1980 Olympic Games is one of the iconic sports venues of the world, and the competition facilities are of the highest level.”