Russia plans to keep using the infrastructure created or upgraded in the country ahead of this summer's FIFA World Cup after the tournament came to a close on Sunday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said on Wednesday.
According to Golodets, a total of 269 infrastructure facilities were built in Russia ahead of the World Cup.
"First of all, these are the stadiums, I remind you that 12 stadiums and 95 new training grounds were part of the tournament. A total of 64 of these will be reconstructed for the development of children's football according to the Concept of the World Cup legacy," Golodets said during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
She also said that airports in 11 cities had been reconstructed ahead of the tournament with one new airport built in Rostov-on-Don.
"New airports helped increase passenger traffic threefold in the World Cup host cities," Golodets said.
The deputy prime minister added that the renovated infrastructure would boost the development of tourism in the country.
"We expect that the improvement of infrastructure... will create a stable base for a new tourist flow of both inbound and domestic tourism," Golodets said.
Russia hosted its first World Cup from June 14 to July 15 with the games played in 11 cities.