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Russia eyes bid for European Games

Russia is set to submit a bid for the 2023 edition of the European Games multi-sport event, with Kazan being lined up as a host city.

The Associated Press news agency reported that Russian Olympic Committee president Stanislav Pozdnyakov is discussing the bid with regional officials. Pozdnyakov said Kazan has “unique sports infrastructure at both the Russian and international level”.

The city has experience of hosting high-profile sporting events in the past, having staged the 2013 edition of the Summer Universiade and the 2015 World Aquatics Championships. It was also one of the host cities during Russia’s staging of football’s Fifa World Cup last year.

News of a potential bid comes as Russia continues to deal with the fallout of the widespread doping scandal that has enveloped sport in the country in recent years.

Last week, the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) ruled that the the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) remains compliant despite missing a December 31 deadline to provide data from the Moscow laboratory implicated in the country’s doping scandal.

In September, Wada reinstated Rusada in a controversial move that overturned the suspension handed out in November 2015 amid the doping scandal.

The inaugural edition of the European Games took place in Azerbaijan in 2015. This year’s competition will take place in Belarus, which took on hosting rights after the Netherlands pulled out due to financial difficulties.