Russia increases 2018 World Cup budget by $325 million

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 07, 2017 10:16 AM
Russia increases 2018 World Cup budget by $325 million
View of the soccer stadium, which is under construction on Krestovsky Island which will host some of 2018 World Cup soccer matches, in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. The stadium was officially commissioned by the city authorities on Thursday. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has increased government spending on the 2018 World Cup by 19.1 billion rubles ($325 million) without explanation.

Total spending rises to 638.8 billion rubles ($10.8 billion), with all of the increase coming from federal budget funds, which now make up almost 55 percent of total spending.

The increase dwarfs previous attempts to cut costs by reducing the number of high-end hotels to be built and trimming expenses on other infrastructure.

There was no immediate comment by the World Cup organizing committee on the reason for the increase, which was announced when an updated budget document was published on the government legal database.

The document said the extra money would largely go to construction or refits of World Cup-related facilities, without specifying which particular projects.

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