Road To The Olympic Games

Putin says Russia could bid for future Summer Olympics

After hosting the World Cup, President Vladimir Putin says the country could bid for a future Summer Olympics.

Earliest Games nation could host would be 2032

Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country could bid for a future Summer Olympics. Russia has not hosted a Summer Olympics since 1980. The next Games available to them would be the 2032 Games. (Grigory Dukor/EPA-EFE)

After hosting the World Cup, President Vladimir Putin says the country could bid for a future Summer Olympics.

Asked about hosting a Summer Olympics in Russia for the first time since 1980, Putin says feasibility studies need to be conducted "but obviously we will organize major international competitions here," in comments reported by state news agency RIA Novosti.

Russia held the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi but its legacy was tainted by allegations of widespread doping which led to Russian athletes being forced to compete as neutrals at this year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

The next summer games Russia could host would be in 2032, because Tokyo, Paris and Los Angeles are already confirmed as hosting the 2020, 2024 and 2028 editions respectively.

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