India Ready to Host 2036 Summer Olympics and 2030 Youth Olympics: Sports Minister Anurag Thakur – News18

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Last Updated: March 20, 2024, 13:33 IST
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Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Anurag Thakur at CNN-News18 Rising Bharat Summit in New Delhi (News18 Photo)
Reiterating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of India hosting global sporting events, the Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs said that the country is ready to host the 2030 Youth Olympics and the 2036 Summer Olympics.
“[PM Narendra] Modi ji clearly said during the IOC session that India is ready to host the 2030 Youth Olympics and the 2036 Summer Olympics. The moment the bid starts, we will be ready. We are the world’s third-largest economy, and we are also a country with enormous youth power. There is no bigger market for sports and expansion than India. So, yes, India is ready to host the 2030 Youth Olympics and the 2036 Summer Olympics,” said Thakur at CNN-News18’s Rising Bharat Summit.
The next Summer Youth Olympics will be held in Dakar, Senegal, in 2026. After the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, the 2028 and 2032 editions will be hosted by Los Angeles and Brisbane, respectively.
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During the IOC Session held in India last year, Prime Minister Modi announced India’s commitment to host the 2036 Olympics.
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“Indians are very excited about hosting the Olympic Games. India will leave no stone unturned in organising the 2036 Olympics,” PM Modi had said during his address to the IOC Session delegation.
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“This is a dream of 140 crore Indians. We want to fulfil this dream with your support. We are willing to host the 2029 Youth Olympics. I am sure India will get constant support from IOC,” he had added.
Evoking the country’s sporting successes in recent years, Thakur emphasised the need to keep sports at the forefront and hailed Indian athletes’ historic performance.
“We need to keep sports in the front; it is a soft power,” he said, adding, “We saw at the Tokyo Olympics, The Paralympics, Deaf Olympics and even the World University Games – we won the most medals to date, and at the Asian Games we crossed the 100-medal mark with 107 medals.”
4000 Fans Flew in from UK for Dharamsala Test
Touching upon the Indian Cricket team’s recent series win over England, Thakur talked about the success of HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala in hosting the fifth Test.
“When the England team played in Dharamsala, they said it was the most beautiful stadium in the world. For the first time, nearly 4000 fans flew in from the UK to watch the 5th Test in Dharamsala. It is a local economy and a huge thing for sports,” he concluded.


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