Russia suggests city of Kazan may enter bidding to host 2024 Olympics
In this file photo, Orkhon Purevdorj of Team Mongolia gets knocked to the mat by Jillian Gallays of Team Canada in women's 55kg wrestling at the 2013 Universiade in Kazan, Russia, on Saturday, July 13, 2013. (Matt Zambonin / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
KAZAN, Russia -- Russia says its central city of Kazan could be a future Olympic host, with less than two months before the application deadline for the 2024 summer games.
Kazan is currently hosting the world aquatics championships. While visiting the event, Russian Olympic Committee head Alexander Zhukov said he was "sure this city could cope with hosting the Summer Olympics" in comments reported by Russia's Tass agency.
Kazan, in the traditionally Muslim Tatarstan region of central Russia, will be one of 11 host cities for the 2018 soccer World Cup in Russia. Two years ago, it held the University Games, a multi-sport event with a similar number of athletes to the Olympics.
Applications for the 2024 Olympics close September 15 and the host city will be selected two years later.