BENGALURU: India has hosted several multisport events, including the Asian Games (1951, 1982) and the Commonwealth Games (2010), but the Olympics have been an impossible dream. The head of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Narinder Batra, from time to time, explains how the country wants to bring the 2032 Olympic Games to India. And on Monday, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said he was exploring that possibility.
Hosting an event of such magnitude requires a huge budget. The reported cost of the 2010 CWG in Delhi was Rs 70,608 crore. The cost to host the Summer Games will be much higher and you also need a green light from the Center.
“The government has to give authorization, because it has to be a solid commitment. It is not just Rs 1000-2000 crore. The Olympics are on a large scale. We are still discussing how to host the Olympics and bid for it is a huge task that needs a lot of preparation before we actually make any announcements. I cannot make any announcements, but we are exploring the possibilities, as I think India has the capacity to host the Olympics “, said Rijiju.
The minister was busy watching functions during the day. After participating in the ‘Fit Bengaluru for Fit India’ program, he ran to the Sports Authority of India center, where he inaugurated the gym complex and laid the foundation stone for a 330-bed hostel (girls), synthetic athletic track and modernization of kitchen and dining room in the center.
With SAI Bengaluru, like other centers in India, also housing some athletes heading to Tokyo, he emphasized the need for adequate basic facilities so that athletes can get the best out of them.
Although people like walkers, including KT Irfan and Bhawana Jat, who qualified for the Olympics, were present at SAI, there were contrasting reports, suggesting that the event could be postponed. Rijiju said the ‘Olympics will no longer be postponed’.