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Russia has no plans to bid for 2024 Olympics

Maria Sharapova

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Maria Sharapova of the Russia Olympic tennis team carries her country’s flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Russia doesn’t plan to bid for the 2024 Olympics as it focuses on hosting the 2018 World Cup, sports minister Vitaly Mutko said, according to Russian reports.

Bids for the 2024 Olympics are due to the International Olympic Committee by September. Boston, Hamburg and Rome have declared intentions to bid, and Paris has taken steps in the same direction. Budapest, too, is interested.

In 2013 and 2014, Russian reports said St. Petersburg was a possible 2024 Olympic bidder.

Russia’s first and only Summer Olympics was Moscow 1980. St. Petersburg was an applicant city for the 2004 Olympics but did not make the list of candidate cities.

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