Russia will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and many of the stadiums in the 13 host cities are being built from scratch.
Over the next four years $4bn will be spent for sports, with a further $10bn on infrastructure.
The World Cup is expected to be a big boost for the Russian economy, but the country still has to overcome problems of bureaucracy and corruption.
Neave Barker reports from the town of Saransk.
Source: Al Jazeera