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India to ‘step up’ 2032 Olympics bid after Covid-19

Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra has said the country will step up its efforts to host the 2032 Olympic Games and other international events when the Covid-19 pandemic eases.

The country is also hoping to host the 2026 Youth Olympic Games.

The Times of India reported that Batra, also head of the International Hockey Federation, said “documentation” has started for 2032, but work is now frozen due to Covid-19.

“Now there is a team that visits the various venues and you keep talking to them and then they submit a report. It is a continuous process which I believe will see no activity until December,” Batra said.

Other potential contenders for the 2032 games include Queensland in Australia, Shanghai, and a potential joint bid between Seoul and Pyongyang in South and North Korea.

Delhi’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 2010 was blighted by construction delays, failing infrastructure and accusations of financial impropriety. More recently,  Delhi was stripped of the 2021 World Boxing Championships, with the global body accusing organisers of failing to pay a hosting fee on time.

Batra said he knew nothing of the boxing dispute, insisted that the 2010 CWG had, despite its problems, given India confidence, and said the country’s growing economic clout mean it has resources to host major events.