Russia may bid for the 2028 Olympics, its Olympic committee (NOC) president Alexander Zhukov said on Friday, even though the country is still mired in a massive doping controversy.
“Why not? I think it is possible to try,” Zhukov told the RIA Novosti state news agency, naming St Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi as possible candidates.
Russia hosted the 1980 Games in Moscow and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi which had a price tag of more than 50 billion dollars.
World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren said in a report last month that doping test samples from Russian athletes including medal winners in Sochi were tampered with.
This the report noted that the tampering were a part of wide-ranging doping practices in the country with more than 1,000 athletes implicated.
Russia escaped a blanket ban from last year’s Rio Games but its weightlifting and athletics teams were banned with only U.S.-based long jumper Darya Klishina allowed to compete in Brazil.
Russia was barred from the Paralympics, and this week national doping agencies called for Russia to be banned from international competition and be stripped of events it is to host, including next year’s football World Cup.
Russia has handed back a World Cup event and the junior world championships in biathlon.
The International Olympic Committee is expected to elect the 2028 host city in 2021. ##