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Russia’s St. Petersburg mulls bid for future Olympics

St. Petersburg

Galina Zhigunova (R), an employee of Baltika Breweries company, and jazz saxophonist Igor Butman take part in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay in front of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in central St. Petersburg, October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SPORT OLYMPICS CITYSCAPE)


Russia may be lining up its next Olympic bid before the Sochi Games get started.

St. Petersburg, the nation’s second largest city at about five million people, is “likely to make a bid to host the Summer Olympics,” according to RIA Novosti, citing a senior Russian official.

Whether that bid will be for 2024 is unknown, according to Russian reports.

St. Petersburg’s mayor said city officials “will be working on the issue so that St. Petersburg can submit a bit,” according to R-Sport.

St. Petersburg was an applicant city for the 2004 Olympics but did not make the list of candidate cities. In addition to hosting the 2014 Olympics, Russia will also host the 2018 World Cup.

The only other time Russia hosted the Olympics was in Moscow in 1980. If St. Petersburg submitted a 2024 bid (bidding begins in 2015) and won, it would mark 10 years between Olympics for Russia.

The last time a nation hosted two Olympics within that short a gap was when the U.S. hosted in 1996 (Atlanta) and 2002 (Salt Lake City). The U.S. is in the midst of its longest span between hosting the Olympics since 1932 to 1960.

The U.S. Olympic Committee gauged cities’ interest in a potential 2024 bid earlier this year and expects to decide if it will bid by the end of 2014.

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