Isr, a state-run Russian company, has said it will set up an Olympic swimming pool in Washington, D.C., the same venue it won’t host in 2020 because of the Trump administration’s restrictions on visitors.
The company said the facility will be part of a $3 billion expansion of a 200,000-capacity swimming pool, which was built in 2010 in St. Petersburg.
The company, which is owned by Russia’s state-owned oil giant Rosneft, has not yet announced its official name.
Isr is one of several Russian firms that has said they are keen to host the 2020 Olympics despite President Donald Trump’s new restrictions on foreign visitors.
A Russian official said in May that Isr was in discussions with the U.S. to host an Olympics, but did not say when the discussions would resume.
Isr has also said it would use a “double-track” approach, starting with setting up a facility in the U,D.C. and then moving to the U.,D.P.S., the official said.
The U.K. has said a Russian-run swimming pool would be in a good position to host a Games because of its location near the U to compete against competing venues in the United Kingdom and Europe.
U.K.-based American Swimming has said the country’s Olympic pool would not be able to compete in a venue in the European Union, but that it would be able compete at the 2020 Summer Games.