He Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modiannounced on Saturday his country’s candidacy to host Summer Olympics 2036during the opening of the 141st session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the city of Bombay.
“India will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to host the 2036 Olympic Games in the country, this is the historic dream and aspiration of 1.4 billion Indians,” Modi said at an opening gala where he was accompanied by the president of the IOC, Thomas Bach.
Modi highlighted India’s ability to host major world-class sporting events, such as the Cricket World Cup currently underway in the Asian country, as well as political events, such as the recent G20 summit.
“India is ready to host major global events and the world has seen this during our G20 chairmanship,” he added.
So far, there are four bids to host the 2036 Olympic Games: those of Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey and Poland.
The IOC could incorporate a total of five new sports: baseball/softball, cricket, squash, flag football (non-hitting football) and lacrosse.
The organization will also investigate the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in the Paris Games, banned from competition after the invasion of Ukraine and now readmitted as neutrals.