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IOC President confirms India's interest in hosting 2036, 2040 Olympics

India came up with its best-ever performance in the Tokyo Olympics and created history. Meanwhile, India has expressed its interest in hosting the 2036 or 2040 Games to make history again.

IOC President confirms India's interest in hosting 2036, 2040 Olympics-ayh
New Delhi, First Published Aug 25, 2021, 11:27 AM IST

The Tokyo Olympics saw India making history by winning seven medals, which turned out to be its best-ever performance. However, India notably has never hosted the Olympics.

The host for the next three Olympic Games has already been decided, with Paris hosting in 2024, Los Angeles in 2028 and Brisbane in 2032. However, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has confirmed that bids are already lined up for the 2036 and 2040 editions, with Indonesia, India, Germany and Qatar expressing interests.

As per a report by Wall Street Journal, Bach said that the IOC is in a long-term position with all the nations. His comments have come when some parties protest against hosting the Games, which leads to spending millions of dollars while staging, as the money can be utilised for other better purposes.

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IOC President confirms India's interest in hosting 2036, 2040 Olympics-ayh

Considering the interest shown by India in hosting the Games, Rajeev Mehta (Indian Olympic Association Secretary General) confirmed the same to PTI. During a video conference with the IOC Commission before the Tokyo Games, IOA expressed interest in hosting the 2036 edition or the following editions.

Meanwhile, Manish Sisodia (Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi) had told in March this year that it was looking to upgrade the infrastructure for a successful bid to host the 2048 Games. It would also mark 100 years of India's independence.

Besides the 2032 Games, India had also shown interest in hosting the 2026 Youth Olympics and the 2030 Asian Games. However, the 2030 and 2034 Asian Games have been awarded to Qatar and Riyadh, respectively.

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