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    An international financial center in Moscow is impossible without golf, Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov said during an interview with local TVC television on Tuesday.

    An international financial center in Moscow is impossible without golf, Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov said during an interview with local TVC television on Tuesday.

    Luzhkov said authorities need to create a comfortable atmosphere for people coming to an international financial center, which means a place for sports including tennis, bowling, golf and other entertainment need to be set out in the city.

    "If there's no golf, then there won't be an international financial center," Luzhkov joked during the interview.

    "I've had to stop playing football because I injured my leg recently, but I do play tennis and golf. My doctors also said I could continue my favorite sport - downhill skiing," Luzhkov, 73, said.

    He also said that individual hobbies should bring use to society.

    "I'm glad I enjoy beekeeping, I don't do a lot, but I help the Russian Beekeepers Union set up [bee and honey] fairs. Bees are the most useful insects in the world," he said.

    MOSCOW, June 29 (RIA Novosti) 

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