Anurag Thakur, the Union Sports Minister, stated that India might enter the race to host the 2036 Olympic Games. Thakur added that Gujarat may serve as the host state for the Games if India receives approval from the International Olympic Council and that the government was prepared to support the Indian Olympic Association in the event of a bid. The Asian Games have twice, and the Commonwealth Games once, been held in India.
“If India can host the G20 Presidency in such a big way, I am sure the government will be able to pitch in to host the Olympics in the country along with the IOA. We all know that the slots are booked till 2032. But 2036 onwards, we have hopes and I am sure India will fully prepare and bid for the Olympics,” Thakur said.
When asked if India was prepared to submit a candidature for the 2036 Games, Thakur responded that the nation is. “India is ready to positively bid for it. There is no reason for us to say ‘No’. If India is putting in so much effort to promote sports, I can assure you that we will not only host the Olympics, we will host it in a big way. This is the right time to host the Games. If India is making news in every sector from manufacturing to services, then why not in sports? India is looking very seriously at bidding for the 2036 Olympics,” he added.
He added that Gujarat has already expressed interest in hosting the Olympics and that the state has the necessary infrastructure to organise an event of this scope.
“Gujarat has previously stated its desire to host the Olympics. They have the necessary facilities, including hotels, hostels, airports, and sports facilities. They take the offer seriously. The Gujarat state government has included hosting the Olympics in its platform, according to Thakur.
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