India is planning to bid to host the 2036 Olympic Games and will lobby for the right to host the IOC meeting next year, the country’s sports minister has said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is vying to turn India into a global sports powerhouse and has poured money into infrastructure in the country.
Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat, home of Modi – India’s contender for the Olympic host city – is home to the world’s largest stadium, opening in 2020 and named after the leader.
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur told the Times of India that it was the “right time” for his country to take part in the world’s biggest sporting event.
“If India is putting a lot of effort into promoting sport, I can assure you that we will not only host the Olympics, but we will organize it on a grand scale,” he said in a statement. an interview published on Wednesday.
Thakur said a road map outlining Ahmedabad’s path to host the Games will be presented at the IOC meeting next September in Mumbai with the full support of the government.
The IOC has awarded the rights to host the next three Summer Olympics to Paris, Los Angeles and Brisbane.
If India’s bid is successful, it will become the fourth Asian country to host the Olympics after Japan, South Korea and China.
India previously hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2010 but the event was marred by widespread allegations of corruption and mismanagement.
Several other countries that have announced their intention to bid include Indonesia, South Korea and Qatar.
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