Bidding - Russia Targets Summer Games After 2020; Tokyo Hosts Olympic Concert

(ATR) President of Russian Olympic Committee tells schoolchildren "in the 2020s we will bid" ... Tokyo 2020 touts Olympic Concert ... More inside this edition of Bidding for the Games ...

Russia Targets Summer Bid

President Alexander Zhukov says the Russian Olympic Committee will bid for the Summer Games before too long.

"Besides the Winter Olympics, we have a lot of competitions to hold, including the World Cup," he was quoted Friday by RIA Novosti.

"After we've had all this, in the 2020s we will bid for the Summer Olympics."

Zhukov, also deputy prime minister of Russia, made the comments during a school visit in response to a student’s question.

Russia stages both the Summer Universiade in Kazan and the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow in 2013; the Winter Olympics and a Formula One Grand Prix in Sochi in 2014; the IIHF World Championship in Moscow and St. Petersburg in 2016; and the FIFA World Cup in 2018.

Russia's first and only Summer Games were Moscow 1980.

Tokyo Hosts Olympic Concert

Who says elite sport and classical music don’t mix?

Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra makes a tradition of mashing up images from recent Games with famous classical music tunes for its aptly titled Olympic Concert.

Hosted annually by the Japanese Olympic Committee since 1997, the celebration this year included highlights from London projected onto a big screen at Tokyo International Forum, the proposed weightlifting venue for Tokyo 2020.

Thousands turned out Thursday for the event, including 33 medalists from the 2012 Games. Among them were men's boxing middleweight gold medalist Ryota Murata and Akiko Adachi, a member of the Paralympic champion women’s goalball team.

"As a magnificent synthesis of sport, art and culture, the Olympic Concert is an opportunity for all of us –athletes, officials and citizens – to reflect on our passion for the Olympic Movement and its power to unite the world as only the Games can," said Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC member and president of both Tokyo 2020 and the JOC.

"Japan would be deeply honored to carry on this tradition by lighting the Olympic Torch in Tokyo for the 2020 Games."

Written by Matthew Grayson

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