Russia remains ‘preferred host’ of 2019 European Games

Russia remains the European Olympic Committees’ (EOC) preferred destination for the 2019 European Games multi-sport event, in spite of the ongoing doping scandal engulfing athletics in the country.

The EOC group, which organises the event, said today (Friday) that Russia is still “the preferred host providing they can demonstrate their ability to support an anti-doping programme of the highest international standards.”

The EOC added that it would continue to consult with the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency on the situation in the country.

The cities of Sochi and Kazan have been pencilled in as co-hosts of the 2019 European Games, and the EOC group is hoping to confirm the destination for the event by May.

Russia stepped in after the Netherlands pulled out of staging the event, citing financial concerns. Baku in Azerbaijan hosted the inaugural European Games last year.