India To Bid For 2026 Youth Olympics, 2030 Asian Games And 2032 Olympics

| April 20 , 2018 , 17:07 IST

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Thursday have decided to bid for 2026 Youth Olympics, 2030 Asian Games and 2032 Olympics. This intent has made them receive appreciation from the visiting International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach.

"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 in their home country. It will give a boost to sports in India and develop an interest in many young people to take up sports," Bach said.

"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 even yet to decide on 2022 edition host city, the process is underway. Only after we finalise 2022 Youth Olympics hosts, we will start the procedure for 2026," said Bach.

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The IOC chief also had a meeting with Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore during the day.

Regarding the IOA's intention to bid for 2032 Olympics, Bach said, "There is a lot of time left till we open the bidding procedure for 2032 Olympics. We have to wait till that."

A decision on the 2032 Summer Olympics host city will only be taken in 2025 and the bidding process is expected to start sometime before that.

Bach who is on a two-day trip to India claims the country has the capability to host big Olympic Events but has advised the IOA to wait for as the bidding process is yet to start.