Sports. Towards India's bid to host the 2036 Olympics

India 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 late 2023, India's sports minister announced. For Anurag Thakur, it is the “right time” for his country to be a candidate to organize the biggest sporting event in the world. 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 them 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.

Around ten countries are interested in the 2036 Games

The 140th event will unveil a roadmap outlining Ahmedabad's path to hosting the Gamese Meeting of the IOC, the supreme body of the Olympic body, which will take place in Bombay in September/October 2023. The Narendra Modi government is working to make India a global sports power and has invested huge sums in national infrastructure.

The IOC has awarded the organization of 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 hosting the 2036 Olympics. These countries include Indonesia, Germany, South Korea, China and Qatar.

India hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2010, but the event was marred by widespread allegations of corruption and mismanagement. Another drawback for India is that its national Olympic committee is in the crosshairs of the IOC, 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.