— Published 28 September 2021

Russia will have to choose


Paradox. Suspended from the Olympic movement until December 2022, Russia still has its eye on the Summer Games. The list of cities interested in hosting the event has never been so long. Last month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov publicly encouraged applicants to come forward. Very quickly, Kazan and Saint Petersburg expressed their desire to take part in the adventure. A logic and expected move. But according to the official press agency of the Urals district, the list is actually much longer. Six other Russian cities have also expressed their desire to take part in the bidding process: Rostov-On-Don, Vladivostok, Perm, Novosibirsk, Sochi and Ufa. In total, eight cities are already vying to host the Summer Games in 2036, including Sochi, which hosted the Winter Games in 2014. At this stage, there is no question of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) opening an evaluation process. The race has not been officially launched. Vladimir Putin has not given the starting signal, nor has he officially assured that Russia will submit a bid. But the taste for the Games has not abandoned Russia, despite the astronomical cost of the 2014 Sochi Games and its two-year suspension from the Olympic movement.