India not in race to host 2024 Olympics: IOC President
An Indian local media had been speculating on the possibility of an Indian bid for the 2024 Olympics when Bach met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During this, the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) said yesterday (Monday) in New Delhi that India will not bid to host the 2024 Olympics.
He said “We are of course aware of this speculation and quite frankly we were little bit surprised about this speculation because for different reasons. We think it may be a little bit too quick now for India to have successful Olympic Games in 2024” in New Delhi after the meeting.
Modi sought the IOC President’s support in making India a hub of sports infrastructure, technology and equipment manufacturing. And the president of IOC also expressed his intention to Modi, to promote India on the global sports map, but would not be putting in a bid for the 2024 games by this year’s September 15 deadline. Also, he added “He is seriously looking into Olympic candidature but wants to have this well prepared and wants to have all the expertise behind of the sports, of the government and of civil society and therefore he also considers that building such successful candidature from now to September 15th may be a little bit difficult”.
New Delhi hosted the Asian Games in 1951 and 1982, but the Indian Olympic Association faced heavy criticism over corruption charges and delays in construction while organizing the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
In cricket-obsessed India most of the sports federations, run by long-serving administrators, rely on government largesse.