India, a demographic giant with 1.3 billion inhabitants, does not have the same importance in sports despite its successes. in field hockey and in cricket. However, the country is considering a bid to host the 2036 Olympics and will showcase its strengths at the next meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), scheduled to be held in Mumbai in September and October 2023.
It is the “right time” for Sports Minister Anurag Thakur to be a candidate to host the world's biggest sporting event, he told the newspaper Indian times. “If India makes such a big effort to promote sports, I can assure you that we will not only host the Olympics, but we will host it on a grand scale,” the sports minister continued in an interview published on Wednesday .
Thakur said India could be a candidate along with the city of Ahmedabad in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat, which is home to the world's largest stadium, which opened in 2020 and was named after the leader. Modi's government is working to make India a global sports power and has invested heavily in national infrastructure.
Ten other countries were also interested
The IOC has awarded the next three Summer Olympics to Paris (2024), Los Angeles (2028) and Brisbane (2032). In October, the IOC announced that ten countries had already expressed interest in organizing the 2036 Olympics. These countries included Indonesia, Germany, South Korea, China and Qatar.
India organized the 2010 Commonwealth Games, but the event was marred by numerous allegations of corruption and mismanagement. Another disadvantage for the country is that the IOC is targeting its national Olympic committee, which in September threatened to suspend it, as it did in 2012 and 2014, due to the body's “recurring internal conflicts and governance problems.” The IOC therefore decided to postpone its next meeting, originally scheduled for May in Bombay, to September-October 2023.
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