The president of the Russian Olympic Committee has remarked Russia may put forth a bid to host the 2028 Games.
On Friday, Alexander Zhukov said the country is considering three cities as candidates for a 2028 bid despite allegations of mass doping cover-up at the Sochi Olympics three years ago.
“It’s hard to say now, but why not? I think it’s completely possible to try,” Zhukov told state news agency RIA Novosti. “It’s not just St. Petersburg; we also have Kazan which is a possibility. It’s also possible in Sochi.”
Russia spent about $51 billion on the games when it hosted the hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. However, the country is under intense pressure following allegations of massive doping cover-ups at the games. Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren’s report for the World Anti-Doping Agency revealed that doping test samples given by 12 Russian medal winners at the games were tampered with.
The world governing body of athletics imposed a ban on Russian athletes with the exception of one. The entire Russian weightlifting team was banned. Moreover, a group of 19 national anti-doping agencies recently called for Russian teams to be banned from all international sports competitions and for Russia to be stripped of hosting major events.
Zhukov said the anti-doping agencies were “creating a certain backdrop, putting pressure on the federations.”