The IOA has already submitted a formal expression of interest to the IOC to bid for the 2032 Olympic.
Following that, IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta had a meeting with the three-member bid committee of the IOC headed by Jacqueline Barrett, Associate Director Olympic Games/Olympic Candidatures, during the body's Board meeting in Tokyo earlier this month.
"We are dead serious about this bid for the 2032 Olympics. So, we have already submitted to the IOC the letter expressing our interest in hosting 2032 Olympic Games. I had a meeting with the Bid Committee of the IOC. They welcomed the move and said that India should have hosted an Olympic Games much earlier," Mehta told PTI.
This is the first time that the IOA has officially submitted its expression of interest to host an Olympic Games to the IOC.
"At the first stage, a country expresses its interest to bid for the Olympics 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 the 2032 Olympics will start in 2022 and a host city will be announced in 2025.
The IOA has started planning for the bidding process and the upcoming General 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 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.
"We have made this (intention to bid for 2032 Olympic Games) known to the government but the Sports 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.
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