16 Oct 2023

India Keen To Host Olympics In 2036: PM Modi

Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India is keen to host the Olympics in the country in 2036. He said on Saturday that it will leave no stone unturned in preparation for successful organisation of the Olympics in 2036, as this is the dream of the 140 crore Indians.

Addressing the gathering after inaugurating 141st International Olympic Committee's (IOC) session here, he emphasised that the nation wishes to fulfil this dream with the support of all stakeholders.

India is also eager to host Youth Olympics in 2029

PM Modi further said India is also eager to host the Youth Olympics in the year 2029 and expressed confidence that the IOC will continue lending its support to India.

He said, “Sports is not just for winning medals, but is a medium to win hearts. Sports belongs to all. It not only prepares champions, but also promotes peace, progress and wellness. Therefore, sports is another medium of uniting the world.”

Global events are an opportunity for India to welcome the world

Underling that global events are an opportunity for India to welcome the world, the Prime Minister emphasised that the country is prepared to host global events owing to its fast-expanding economy and well-developed infrastructure.

Citing example of the G20 Summit where events were organised in more than 60 cities of the country, he said that it is proof of India’s organising capacity in every sector.

PM mentioned recently hosted global tournaments

Emphasising that India has successfully proved its capability to organise global sports tournaments, he mentioned the recently hosted global tournaments such as the Chess Olympiad, Football Under-17 Women’s World Cup, Hockey World Cup, Women’s World Boxing Championship, Shooting World Cup and ongoing Cricket World Cup.

He also stated that the nation organises the largest cricket league in the world every year.

IOC recommended including Cricket in the Olympics

The Prime Minister informed that the IOC Executive Board has recommended including Cricket in the Olympics and expressed confidence that the recommendations will be accepted.

Crediting efforts of the central government for India’s shining performance in the world of sports, the Prime Minister recalled the magnificent performances of many athletes in the last edition of the Olympics and also highlighted India’s best-ever performance in the recently-concluded Asian Games and the new records made by young Indian athletes in the World University Games.

He underlined that the positive changes are a sign of the rapidly transforming landscape of sports in India.

Measures for the development of sports 

The Prime Minister also listed recent measures for the development of sports in India, mentioning that Khelo India Games, Khelo India Youth Games, Khelo India Winter Games, Member of Parliament sports competitions and upcoming Khelo India Para Games.

“We are focussing on inclusivity and diversity in sports in India,” he said.

Emphasising that sports has been a vital part of India’s culture and lifestyle, the Prime Minister said, "When you go to the villages of India, one can find that any festival remains incomplete without sports. Indians are not just sports lovers, but we also live it.

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