Sports official Anurag Thakur says his country will be a candidate for the 2036 Summer Games
India is seriously considering a bid for the 2036 Olympics and would be able to host the event “in a big way,” according to Sports Minister Anurag Thakur.
“We all know that the slots are booked till 2032. But from 2036 we have hope and I am sure that India will fully prepare a bid for the Olympics,” Thakur told The Times of India in an interview on Tuesday.
The likely host city would be Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat, and the government would give full support to a bid from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Thakur added.
India previously hosted the Asian Games in 1982 and the Commonwealth Games in 2010 – but the Olympics would be the world’s biggest sporting spectacle to come to a country of around 1.4 billion people.
“India is ready to bid positively for this…I can assure you that we will not only host the Olympics, we will host them in a big way,” said Thakur.
“If India is in the news in all sectors, from manufacturing to services, then why not sports? India is very seriously considering bidding for the 2036 Olympics.”
In addition to India, many other countries have expressed their potential interest in hosting the 2036 Games.
This includes Egypt, South Korea, China, Indonesia, Qatar, Italy, UK, Turkey, Denmark, Canada and Mexico.
Russian officials are also considering the idea of an Olympic bid for the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok.
If that does not materialize, Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin said in June that Russia would be happy to provide India with all the experience possible, as Sochi hosted the Winter Games in 2014.
The next edition of the Summer Games will take place in Paris in 2024, followed by Los Angeles four years later. The 2032 Summer Olympics have been awarded to Brisbane, Australia.