FIFA has praised the provision of first-class medical services during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Russian Healthcare Minister Veronika Skvortsova said on Wednesday.
"FIFA's medical inspectors noted the extremely high standards of providing medical services during the World Cup," Skvortsova said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to the healthcare minister, medical services were provided in full and in time in all the host cities, including emergency and high-tech medical care.
"Out of the 57 athletes, who sought medical attention, 53 were given on-site assistance, four were hospitalized and two more underwent surgeries on different injuries," Skvortsova added.
Russia hosted its first World Cup from June 14 to July 15 with the games played in 11 cities - Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg, and Sochi.