. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kohl Backing Sought

MOSCOW () -- President Boris Yeltsin asked German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on Friday to back Russia's bid to host the 2004 Olympic Games, the presidential press office said.

The press service said Yeltsin made his request in a telephone conversation with the German chancellor, whom he views as a personal friend.

St. Petersburg has bid to hold the 2004 Summer Olympics, although it faces competition from nine other cities. Rome, Cape Town and Stockholm are said to be the favorites.

Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, visiting the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland earlier this week, said Russia's bid for the games was part of its drive to become a "normal, civilized society."