Anurag Thakur, the sports minister for India, stated that the country is “seriously” thinking about bidding to host the 2036 Olympic Games.
The Asian and Commonwealth Games have already been held in the second-most populous country in the world, and Thakur told the Times of India that the Olympics were now the “perfect time” to hold them.
Why not sports if India is making headlines in every industry, from manufacturing to services? India is seriously considering making a bid for the 2036 Olympics, Thakur continued.
The 2036 edition will be awarded, but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has not specified a timetable for doing so. The IOC has stated that it is in preliminary discussions with 10 cities.
The following three Games will be held in Paris, Los Angeles, and Brisbane.
Potential competitors for the Games include Qatar, which hosted this year’s FIFA World Cup, as well as Indonesia and South Korea.
With tougher political opposition, Germany is contemplating whether to submit another bid for the Olympics.
Before the IOC session in Mumbai the following year, Thakur announced his government would meet with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and create a roadmap.
“The IOC session is a major event for India, and the government will help them in taking whatever efforts are necessary to bid alongside the IOA. It must be prepared jointly.
New Delhi hosted the Asian Games in 1951 and 1982 and the Commonwealth Games in 2010.
Thakur suggested Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat would be presented as a potential Olympic venue.
“Gujarat has several times expressed interest in hosting the Olympics,” he said. “They have the infrastructure […] It’s also part of the state government’s manifesto to host the Olympics in Gujarat.”