India is officially a candidate to organize the 2036 edition

At the International Olympic Committee meeting in Bombay, India, the world's most populous country, applied to host the Olympic Games for the first time in its history.

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The President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, on October 12, 2023, during the handover of the IOC in Bombay (INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Saturday, October 14, during a meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Bombay that his country would bid to host the 2036 Olympics. “India is very happy about hosting the Olympics” And “will spare no effort“to do 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, according to local media, the Games would be held in Ahmedabad in Gujarat (northwest of the country) if the IOC decided to award the organization to him. It would be the fourth Asian country to receive this honor, after Japan, South Korea and China.

Towards integrating cricket into the games, the most popular sport in India

The body must on Monday approve the inclusion of cricket in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, the most important addition to an Olympic program that spans 35 sports, a record in the Games' history. However, the sport is very popular across the Commonwealth, particularly in India and 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 “good time“Be a candidate for”the organization of the largest sporting event in the world“.”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 in a big way“, he added.