MOSCOW, October 5 (RIA Novosti)
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Russia is to bid for Summer Games after 2020, the head of the country's Olympic committee Alexander Zhukov said Friday.
The country has its plate full with upcoming international competition as host of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi and the football World Cup in 2018.
But Zhukov confirmed Russia's intent to bring the Summer Games back to Russia for the first time since 1980, when Moscow staged the event.
"Besides the Winter Olympics, we have a lot of competitions to hold, including the World Cup," Zhukov said in answer to a question from a pupil during a school visit.
"After we've had all this, in the 2020s we will bid for the Summer Olympics," Zhukov said.
Winning bids for Summer Games are announced seven years in advance, meaning the earliest Games the country could bid for in Zhukov's scenario would be in 2028.
Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul are shortlisted candidates for the 2020 Games. The International Olympic Committee is due to announce the winner in September 2013.
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Erdogan will continue to help consolidate Islam’s influence in public life and use Islam as a political issue. It is hard to say what Turkey will do in the Muslim world, but Erdogan obviously does not need any more turmoil in neighboring countries.