Vladimir Putin came up with a bizarre offer. “They should consider it”

– There are opportunities to intensify cooperation with the prospect of organizing large sports events under the auspices of the SOC – said Putin.

The Russian leader made it clear, speaking at the SCO Summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, that he would like to see a group that includes the world’s two most populous countries – China and India – become a significant global counterweight to the “American-led West”. Many countries in the world severed contacts with Russia after its military aggression against Ukraine, and athletes from that country were excluded from sports rivalry.

In turn, the Russian doping scandal, in which the illegal state support system for many sports was revealed, revealed after the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, caused the participation of Russian athletes in the next Olympics to be severely limited. Those who took part in the competition could only do so under a neutral flag.

China in the 21st century hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Both events were overshadowed by war or preparations for it by Russia, which invaded the former Soviet republics. In 2008, this was the case in Georgia and in 2022 in Ukraine.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka, a close ally of Putin whose country has observer status in the SCO, said at the summit: “We propose the possibility of organizing a complex of sports competitions as part of the SCO: summer 2024 and winter 2026”.

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