St. Petersburg to bid for summer Olympics

St. Petersburg governor Georgy Poltavchenko has revealed that the city is likely to bid to host the summer Olympics.

Poltavchenko made the announcement at a ceremony marking the arrival of the Olympic torch in the Russian city. The torch is currently travelling around Russia ahead of the2014 winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

The mayor said: “We are looking at the question of St. Petersburg making an application to host the summer Olympics. I am sure that in the very near future St. Petersburg will not be a intermediate stage on the Olympic relay, but will be its final destination.”

St. Petersburg made a bid for the 2004 summer Games, but was eliminated in an early round of voting. Moscow’s 1980 Olympics marked the last time a Russian city won the summer hosting rights.

The next Olympic bidding process is for the 2024 Games, with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) electing a host city in 2017.