IOA Says It Is ready To Organize 2032 Olympics, If Permitted by The IOC

THE Indian Olympic Association has submitted formal expression to the International Olympic Committee for organizing the 2032 multi-national and most expensive games in India and will seek Government’s logistical, monetary and other assistance for this purpose.IOA president Narinder Batra, credited for organizing several international hockey events in India, says he conveyed the IOA’s desire to International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach earlier this year. He told him that India would consider bidding for the 2032 Games. Bach had welcomed the move.The IOA has already submitted a formal expression of interest to the IOC to bid for the 2032 Olympic.IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta had taken up the issue with the three-member bid committee of the IOC headed by Jacqueline Barrett, Associate Director Olympic Games/Olympic Candidatures, during the body’s Board meeting in Tokyo earlier this month.”We are dead serious about this bid for the 2032 Olympics. So, we have already submitted to the IOC the letter expressing our interest in hosting 2032 Olympic Games. I had a meeting with the Bid Committee of the IOC. They welcomed the move and said that India should have hosted an Olympic Games much earlier,” Mehta told a news agency. Besides, New Delhi and Mumbai, the games can be held in other Indian cities. Informed sources said IOA may have taken the GOI on board before officially submitting expression of interest in hosting the Olympic Games to the IOC.This is the first stage later the name of the host city is conveyed to the IOC headquartered in Switzerland .The bid process for the 2032 Olympics will start in 2022 and a host city will be announced in 2025.Indonesia has already submitted its expression of interest just after successfully hosting the Asian Games. Chinese city Shanghai is also mulling over a bid, while Brisbane in Australia could be a contender to bring the Games back to the country for the first time since Sydney 2000.North and South Korea are considering a joint bid while Germany also plans to host the 2032 Games in 13 cities of the country. The General Body of the IOA is meeting on December 22 for authorising the officials concerned to go ahead with organizing the games.(pic courtesy : Financial Tribune )

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