Sochi, the host for this year’s winter Olympic Games, would be an "excellent place" for swimming’s 2020 short course world championships, according to Julio Maglione, the president of Fina, the sport’s international governing body.
Parts of the Russian city have been described as 'ghost towns' since it hosted this month’s winter Paralympics on the back of the winter Olympics in February, but Maglione, an International Olympic Committee member, believes it would be an ideal location for the Fina World Swimming Championships (25m), which are held every other year.
The Uruguayan is quoted by R-Sport saying: "We were at the Olympics in Sochi. The best Olympic Games in history were held there. Amazing competitions, an excellent team. Sochi could be an excellent place hold the 2020 world championships."
However, Sochi does not presently have a suitable 25-metre pool to stage the event.
The Russian city of Kazan is already set to stage the main Fina World Championships in 2015, using a 50-metre pool and other facilities built for the 2013 Universiade, the international university games.
The next short course world championships are in Doha in Qatar this December, with Windsor in Canada earmarked to host the following event in 2016.
International sport returns to Sochi next month, when the Adler Arena, which staged speed skating at the winter Olympics, hosts the women’s Fed Cup tennis tie between Russia and Argentina on April 19 and 20.
The city's Fisht Olympic Stadium, the venue for opening and closing ceremonies at the winter Olympics and Paralympics, is one of the proposed venues for soccer's World Cup in Russia in 2018.