New Delhi, December 4: The Indian Olympic Association submitted a formal expression of interest to bid for the 2032 summer Olympics. “This is the first time that IOA has officially submitted it’s expression of interest to host the Olympic games. We are dead serious about this bid for the 2032 Olympics.”, said IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta. He had a meeting with the three membered bid committee of the International Olympic Commission, during the body’s board meeting in Tokyo.
Narendra Batra, the President of the Indian Olympic Association however, had asserted the visiting Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach that India would consider bidding for 2032 games and Bach had welcomed the move.
“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 added further.
According to the IOA, the Government will be approached to back the bid after the body passes a resolution to that effect.“We have to get the letter of backing from the central and the state government regarding the proposed venue along with the letter from leader of the opposition party. We have to get a lot of guarantees from various government agencies. But all these will start only if the government says it will back such a bid.”, explained the IOA secretary general. It is of grave importance to get the nod from the central government before the bidding process starts.
The response of the government, however, has so far been cautious. Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore has hinted that India would do better to get more Olympic medals or spend the money on sporting infrastructure than host the spectacle in the country.
The bid process for the 2032 olympics will start in 2022 and the host city will be announced in year 2025. Indonesia has already submitted it’s expression of interest immediately after successfully hosting the Asian games.