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IOC chief Bach arrives tomorrow amid talk of Youth Olympics bid

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The (IOA) is likely to express its willingness in hosting the 2026 Youth when (IOC) arrives here tomorrow for a two-day visit.

Bach, during his second visit to the country, will meet the newly elected IOA office bearers, several Olympic medallists and Minister

and of the influential Association of National Olympic Committees, Sheikh will also accompany Bach.

The IOC will touch down late night tomorrow from where he is attending the Accord Summit.

The IOA, it is learnt, will express its willingness to host the 2026 Youth in

No from the IOA is willing to come on record but sources said that the government is not averse to this idea as the cost of hosting a Youth is much less than a full-fledged

"Since the cost of hosting a Youth is to be shared with the IOC, the government is likely to agree to hosting it in near future. So, we will express our willingness during the meeting with Bach," an IOA told on the condition of anonymity.

"We will convey to Bach our willingness to host big events," he added.

The costs of hosting a Youth will be shared by the IOC and the host city, while the of athletes and coaches are paid by the IOC. The number of athletes to take part in a Youth Olympics is also fixed ar around 3,500.

The first edition of the Youth Olympics held in in 2010 had a cost of around USD 400 million. (China) hosted the event in 2014 while the 2018 edition will be hosted by in October this year.

The bidding process is likely to start in the early part of 2020 only and with the infrastructure of in place, could be the likely choice of host venue.

IOA Narinder Batra, just after his election to the top job in December last year, had said that should think of hosting big-ticket events like and

"The IOA would certainly convey our readiness to host big-ticket multi-discipline events in India and would like to discuss how we can effectively work towards achieving IOC's Olympic Agenda 2020 strategy," Batra had said last month while announcing Bach's visit to the country.

Rathore, however, has said that the government was not in favour of hosting big-budget multi-sporting events but he may not be averse to India hosting a Youth Olympics Games as this will not need much expenditure.

The IOC had introduced these Youth Olympic Games in order to take Olympic events to areas where the Summer or are not held. It is pushing hard to take these Youth Olympics to in 2022 as that continent has not hosted any Olympic Games.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 19:00 IST