Vol. 2 No.
5 "India is the cradle of the human race... " - Mark Twain
to bid for 2020 Olympics
DELHI: Twenty-one years after India withdrew from the race to host
the 1992 Olympic
IOA President Suresh Kalmadi made this announcement soon after the
Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, inaugurated the Indian Olympic
Bhawan at the Qutab Institutional Area in New Delhi.
President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Dr.
Jacques Rogge, also attended the ceremony and that gave the IOA an
occasion to send its message across the world — only 11 days
after it lost the bid to host the 2014 Asian Games to the South
Korean city of Incheon.
will officially launch the New Delhi's bid for 2020 Olympics in
2011, soon after the conduct of the 2010 Commonwealth Games,"
said Mr. Kalmadi and sought Dr. Rogge's support for the bid.
IOC General Assembly will vote in 2013 after assessing the bidding
cities' ability to stage high-level, international multi-sport
events and their ability to organise quality Olympic Games against
a set of 16 technical assessment criteria including Olympic Games'
concept and legacy, political and economic structure, legal
aspects and guarantees, customs and immigration formalities,
sports and venues, transport and accommodation.
IOC President was quick to comment that he was delighted that
India would bid for the 2020 Olympics.
however, reminded that the IOA has good six years to prepare an
impeccable bid that should trigger confidence with the IOC
think India has a great potential to organise such games, but
there are many other factors involved in the selection of the
candidate city," Dr. Rogge said. He said that the IOC does
not have any rotation policy and only the best bid is chosen to
host the Games.
the IOC we don't make the bidding process into an auction where
the highest bidder wins," said Dr. Rogge when asked whether a
city with more financial muscle stood better chance than the
foremost test for Delhi would be three years from now. "You
are a nation of over a billion people and your ability to organise
will be on test during the Commonwealth Games," Dr. Rogge
events leave behind big legacy, said Dr. Rogge and added that the
IOC always strive for positive legacy not only in terms of
improved infrastructure, but intangible assets such as bringing
people together and inspiring youth towards a healthy way of life.
whether New Delhi stood any chance to host the 2020 Games, Dr.
Rogge said that he wished that Olympic Games travel to the regions
and sub-continents that had never hosted the Games.
there were lot of factors other than the sports infrastructure
that go into consideration before a city is elected to host the
Games, he added.
IOA initially intended to bid for the 2016 Olympics and for last
several years Mr. Kalmadi and the Secretary-General, Randhir
Singh, made announcements to the effect on many occasions and at
after losing the 2014 Asian Games to Incheon, the IOA has decided
to play it safe.
the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh after inaugurating the
Indian Olympic Bhawan said it was time to make sports a compulsory
syllabus in the educational curriculum. Dr. Singh said that it was
the only way to improve India's sporting performance at the
Olympic Games as a peace movement, Dr. Singh regretted India's
inability to tap its potential.
advancement of Olympic movement is advancement of healthy
youth," said Dr. Singh and hoped that the Olympic Bhawan
would serve as a source of inspiration for the sportspersons.
the Prime Minister offered no comments on the Indian Olympic
Association's (IOA) announcement to bid for the 2020 Olympic
Games, Dr. Singh said that it was unfortunate that Delhi missed an
opportunity recently (to host the 2014 Asian Games).
"But I am sure there will be more opportunities in the future," Dr. Singh added.