July 20, 2018 / 1:59 PM / 8 months ago

Putin says Russia could bid to host future summer Olympics games - agencies

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia July 15, 2018. Yuri Kadobnov/Pool via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Russia could stake a claim to host future summer Olympics games, but had not yet lodged a formal bid to do so, Russian news agencies reported.

Russia hosted the winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in 2014 and has just finished hosting the FIFA soccer World Cup.

The International Olympic Committee has already chosen the hosts for the next three summer Olympics up to 2028.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Alison Williams

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