PM Modi confirms India’s 2036 Olympics bid

 Calls it ‘dream of 140 crore Indians’

Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi confirmed last Saturday that India would bid to host the 2036 Olympics. PM Modi made the announcement during the inauguration of the 141st International Olympic Committee (IOC) session at the Jio World Centre in Mumbai.

“India is very excited to organize an Olympics,” he said. “India will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to organize the 2036 Olympics. It’s a dream of 140 crore Indians. With the support of the IOC, we would want to fulfill this dream. Sports are not just for winning medals but it is also the best way to win hearts. It not only gives rise to champions but also promotes peace.”

PM Modi added that India is also willing to host the Youth Olympics in 2029. “We are willing to host the 2029 Youth Olympics, I am sure India will get constant support from the IOC,” he said in the presence of IOC president Thomas Bach.

India is hosting the IOC session for the second time after a gap of about 40 years. The IOC’s 86th session was held in New Delhi in 1983.

IOC president Thomas Bach, began his address at the event with ‘namaste’, and welcomed PM Modi by saying, ‘aapka bahut-bahut swagat hai’, while adding that the country has been on the rise economically and also in sports.

Notably during a press conference last Friday, Bach had said that cricket will be added to the 2028 Olympics since it is getting more popular all over the world.

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