Moscow work­ers set for WC day off

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Sport -

SOME work­ers in Moscow will mark the start of the World Cup with a day off in a push to ease the Rus­sian cap­i­tal’s no­to­ri­ous traf­fic jams.

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ap­pealed last week to com­pa­nies to give their staff time off “so they don’t end up in jams and there aren’t trans­port prob­lems.” Those go­ing to work are urged to use public trans­port.

While it’s been far from uni­ver­sally ac­cepted, some bosses have agreed to let their staff work from home or take the day off al­to­gether.

Wide­spread road clo­sures are ex­pected ahead of the Rus­sia-saudi Ara­bia kick­off at 6 p.m., the height of what would nor­mally be rush hour.

Rus­sian au­thor­i­ties are re­luc­tant to have the World Cup start against a back­drop of clogged roads, and they’re also keen to clear the way for the var­i­ous vis­it­ing dig­ni­taries, mostly from ex-soviet and Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries. – AP

A worker cleans the area in front of Fisht Sta­dium ahead of the 2018 soc­cer World Cup in Sochi, Rus­sia, on Thurs­day. Photo: AP

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