India lines up bids for Olympics and Asian Games

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra has said that the body intends to bid for the 2026 summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG), the 2030 Asian Games and the 2032 summer Olympic Games.

Batra made the declaration as International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach paid a visit to New Delhi. Batra, who is also president of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), stated that India should seek hosting rights to major events when he was elected as the new IOA president in December.

Speaking yesterday (Thursday), Batra (pictured) said, according to the Press Trust of India news agency: “We are bidding for three events, 2026 Youth Olympics, 2030 Asian Games and 2032 Olympics. We don’t know whether they will come to India or not. Let us see how fierce the competition is.” 

The Commonwealth Games was the last major multi-sport event hosted by India, when New Delhi staged the 2010 competition. India last hosted the Asian Games in 1982 and also staged the inaugural edition of the event in 1951, both times in New Delhi. 

India has never hosted the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, but Batra’s predecessor, N Ramachandran, in June said the government had agreed in principle to investigate a bid for the Games. The 2032 Games is the next edition of the summer Olympics that would become available to bidders after the IOC agreed on a plan that will see the 2024 and 2028 Games staged in Paris and Los Angeles.

Buenos Aires will host the next edition of the summer YOG from October 6-18 and the IOC has devised a special bidding plan to attempt to take the 2022 Games to Africa for the first time.

Bach said yesterday: “We have taken note with great appreciation of the intention of IOA to host future Youth Olympics and summer Olympics. It would be fantastic for Indian athletes to have their Olympics at their home country. It will give a boost to sports in India and develop interest in many young people to take up sports.

“But it’s not the time to discuss in detail about future candidates as no procedure is currently open neither for Olympic Games nor for Youth Olympics. The next available slot for Youth Olympics is 2026 but we are yet to decide on 2022 edition host city, the process is underway.”

Earlier this week, the Rhein Ruhr City 2032 project to return the summer Olympics to Germany took further shape, with the city of Bochum added to a new bid masterplan. Germany returned to the bidding circle for the Olympic Games in July after North-Rhine Westphalia outlined an ambitious plan to host the 2032 event across 13 cities in the state. 

Under the Rhein Ruhr City 2032 concept, more than 80 per cent of the venues needed are already in place. Sports have been divided across the cities of Aachen, Bonn, Dortmund, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Cologne, Krefeld, Leverkusen, Monchengladbach, Oberhausen and Recklinghausen, with Bochum now lined up to stage football matches.