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India firms up ‘dead serious’ plans for 2032 Olympics bid

The Indian Olympic Association has confirmed it has submitted a formal expression of interest to bid for the 2032 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, adding it is “dead serious” in its intentions to bring the events to the country for the first time.

India has long been linked with a bid for the 2032 Games but it is the first time that the IOA has submitted an official expression of interest to host an Olympic Games to the IOC.

Indian news agency PTI said IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta held a meeting with the three-member bid committee of the IOC headed by Jacqueline Barrett, associate director of the Olympic Games/Olympic Candidatures, during the IOC’s board meeting in Tokyo earlier this month.

Mehta told PTI: “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.”

India last hosted a major multi-sport event in 2010, when New Delhi staged the Commonwealth Games. New Delhi and Mumbai are believed to be the leading candidates for an Olympic bid by the IOA.

An IOA meeting on December 22 is expected to pass a resolution to formally approach the government to back its proposal. Mehta added: “China has hosted summer Olympics and is going to host winter Olympics in 2022. If South Korea is hosting Olympics, why can’t India? We are a big country, an emerging economic superpower.”