Modi 2036 Olympics: On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India will bid to host the 2036 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Modi said that India will “leave no stone unturned” in its efforts to host the Summer Games. He also said that hosting the Olympics is the “age-old dream and aspiration of 140 crore Indians”.
India has never hosted the Olympics. Modi said that India has hosted other international events, including:
- The Chess Olympiad
- The U-17 women’s World Cup
- The women’s boxing world championships
- The shooting World Cup
The IOC has not set a firm timeframe for when hosting rights for the 2036 Games will be awarded. More than 10 countries have shown interest in hosting the 2036 Olympics, including: Mexico, Indonesia, Poland.
Modi also told the IOC that India would consider bidding to host the Youth Olympics in 2029.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India will submit a bid to host the 2036 Olympics during the inauguration of the 141st International Olympic Committee (IOC) session at the Jio World Centre in Mumbai. The Prime Minister expressed India’s enthusiasm for hosting the Olympics, stating that the country will spare no effort in making the event a success. He also emphasized that sports are not only about winning medals but also about promoting peace and winning hearts. PM Modi further stated that India is willing to host the Youth Olympics in 2029 and expressed confidence that the country will receive constant support from the IOC.
India is hosting the IOC session for the second time in about 40 years. IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed the gathering by saying ‘namaste’ and acknowledged India’s economic and sporting progress. Bach also praised India’s performance in the Asian Games and highlighted the importance of including e-sports in the Olympics program.
During a press conference on Friday, Bach had announced that cricket will be added to the 2028 Olympics, given its growing popularity worldwide. He also commended India for successfully hosting the current Cricket World Cup.