Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra has reiterated that the nation is committed to bid for the hosting rights of the 2032 Olympic Games. Efforts to bring the Olympics to India for the first time and host other international events will be stepped up once the COVID-19 pandemic eases out, the IOC chief has asserted.
Paris and Los Angeles will host the Olympics Games in 2024 and 2028 respectively, while the 2020 Games in Tokyo have been deferred by a year due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
India had already submitted an expression of interest to host the Olympic Games in 2032. But the subsequent process has been halted as a countrywide lockdown was clamped to minimise the impact of the novel Coronavirus, which transmits from humans to humans.
India will also be pitching for the 2026 Youth Olympic Games.
“Now there is a team that visits various venues and you keep talking to them and then they submit a report. It is a continuous process which I believe will see no activity until December,” national daily Times of India had stated Batra as saying.
India, which last hosted a major multi-national event with the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010, is likely face challenge from Queensland in Australia, Shanghai, and a potential joint bid between Seoul and Pyongyang in South and North Korea for its initiative to host the maiden Olympic Games.
India is also scheduled to host the 2023 International Olympic Council session in Mumbai. The IOC Executive Board recommended the business capital of India for the annual conference.