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First time in history, IOA submits interest to bid for 2032 Olympic Games

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

"Dead serious" about bringing the to in 2032, the has submitted a formal expression of interest to bid for the event and is set to approach the government for support.

told the visiting earlier this year that would consider bidding for the 2032 Games. Bach had welcomed the move.

The has already submitted a formal expression of interest to the IOC to bid for the 2032 Olympic.

Following that, IOA Secretary had a meeting with the three-member of the IOC headed by Jacqueline Barrett, Associate Director Olympic Games/Olympic Candidatures, during the body's Board meeting in earlier this month.

"We are dead serious about this bid for So, we have already submitted to the IOC the letter expressing our interest in hosting I had a meeting with the of the IOC. They welcomed the move and said that should have hosted an much earlier," Mehta told

and are the top two venues in the minds of the IOA top brass but other cities are also not ruled out.

This is the first time that the IOA has officially submitted its expression of interest to host an to the IOC.

"At the first stage, a country expresses its interest to bid for the and at a later stage the proposed host city or cities is mentioned in the bid. India has not bid or expressed interest to host Olympic Games earlier," he added.

The bid process for will start in 2022 and a host city will be announced in 2025.

has already submitted its expression of interest just after successfully hosting

Chinese city is also mulling over a bid, while in could be a contender to bring the Games back to the country for the first time since 2000.

North and are considering a joint bid while also plans to host the 2032 Games in 13 cities of the country.

The IOA has started planning for the bidding process and the upcoming Body Meeting on December 22 is expected to pass a resolution to formally approach the government to back its plan.

"We are going to approach the government to back the bid after our GBM passes a resolution to that effect. The bidding process will start in 2022 but before that we have to get the nod from the central government that it will back the bid," Mehta said.

"We have to get the letter of backing from the central government, from the where the proposed venue is located and even from the of the

"We also have to get a lot of guarantees from various government agencies. But all these will start only if the government says it will back such a bid," said Mehta.

The response of the government has been cautious so far.

Minister has hinted that India would do better to get more Olympic medals or spend the money on sporting infrastructure than host the spectacle in the country.

"We have made this (intention to bid for 2032 Olympic Games) known to the government but the Ministry has been muted in its response so far. On the part of IOA, we are all prepared to start working for the bid process. We will do what we can do and the rest it is up to the government (to back IOA or not)," he said.

"has hosted and is going to host in 2022. If is hosting Olympics, why can't India? We are a big country, an emerging economic superpower," he said.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 19:00 IST