Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Saturday during a meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Bombay that his country would bid to host the 2036 Olympics.
“India is very excited about hosting the Olympics” and “will spare no effort” to achieve this, he said.
With 1.4 billion inhabitants, India is the most populous country in the world and has never hosted the Olympic Games.
And even if Modi refrained from revealing the candidate city, the Games would be held in Ahmedabad in Gujarat, the prime minister's home state, if the IOC decided to give him the organizing credit, according to local media. This would make it the fourth Asian nation to receive this honor, after Japan (Tokyo 1964 and 2020), South Korea (Seoul 1988) and China (Beijing 2008).
In particular, the body must approve on Monday the integration of cricket into the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the most important innovation in an Olympic program that extends beyond 35 sports, a record in the history of the Games. However, this sport is very popular across the Commonwealth, particularly in India and its neighboring countries, particularly in Ahmedabad, which has a huge stadium that can hold up to 130,000 spectators and is currently hosting the World Cup.
India's candidacy had been expected for several months. In December 2022, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur told the Times of India newspaper that it was the “right time” to run for “organizing the biggest global sporting event.” “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,” he had added.
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