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India confirms plans for Asian Games, Olympics bids

India has confirmed plans to submit a bid for the 2032 edition of the summer Olympic Games, as well as the 2030 Asian Games multi-sport event.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has also said it will submit an expression of interest to host the International Olympic Committee’s Congress in 2021 and the 2026 edition of the Youth Olympic Games.

IOA president Narinder Batra said in April that the body intends to bid for the events, and on Saturday the organisation formally announced plans to submit proposals.

India last hosted a major multi-sport event in 2010, when New Delhi staged the Commonwealth Games. The country has never hosted the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Speaking following Saturday’s IOA meeting, Batra said, according to the Hindustan Times newspaper: “We have made some purposeful decisions in this meeting. From EoI for hosting global events to announcing new committees and commissions, it’s all formally plotted in our future roadmap.”

The next three editions of the summer Olympics have been assigned, with Tokyo, Paris and Los Angeles due to host in 2020, 2024 and 2028. The next summer Youth Olympic Games will take place later this year in Buenos Aires, while the IOC has devised a special bidding plans to attempt to take the 2022 event to Africa for the first time.

This year’s Asian Games will take place in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia. Hangzhou in China will host in 2022 before the event heads to the Japanese city of Nagoya and the Aichi prefecture in 2026.

India won just two medals at the most recent summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The country placed third in the medal table at the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, finishing behind hosts Australia and England with a total of 66 medals.

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