Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra on Saturday said the organization is in talks with the International Olympic Committee for a possible bid by India to host the 2036 Summer Games and the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad as the best venue for the opening ceremony. Is.
After reconstruction to make it the largest cricket stadium in the world, the Motera facility was renamed as ‘Narendra Modi Stadium’ by the Gujarat Cricket Association in February 2021.
“If anyone asks me about the venue of the opening ceremony at present, it will definitely be Motera Stadium,” Batra told reporters here.
“There is no better stadium to host the opening ceremony of the Olympics (in India). I cannot say what will happen by 2036… (but) I will propose Ahmedabad as the venue for the inauguration ceremony,” the IOA chief said.
He was speaking to the media at an event organized by city-based sports infrastructure firm TransStadia.
“When you say opening ceremony, it means athletics will also be played (at the same venue). And athletics is the biggest event (in the Olympics),” he said.
Batra said the Olympic Games could be hosted in three or four cities in India and the IOA is in talks with the IOC about India’s possible bid for 2036. He said that the chances of India getting a chance have increased a lot.
“If we talk about the 2036 Olympics, then yes, we are already talking to the International Olympic Committee. Being the president of the IOA, my discussions with the IOC are on this subject….2036 Olympics will be finalized in two-three years, and we are currently in discussions with the IOC,” he said.
Recently, the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) invited proposals from consultants to conduct a ‘gap analysis’ to assess whether the infrastructure in the city was adequate to host the Olympics.
Batra said a proper presentation for India’s bid would be prepared once the new president takes over after the IOA elections in December.
He said India is one of six or seven possible contenders for the 2036 Games.
“India has come on the world radar, and is moving towards becoming the third largest economy in the world. By 2036, it is going to be the second or third largest economy,” he said.
Batra said a new bidding process has been adopted by the IOC for the selection of the host city and Brisbane was awarded 2032 Games using this process.
“You have to show them three-four centres, because now you can do it in multiple places, then you will show them the venues, new as well as existing, and what are their legacy uses. Motera is the legacy of the stadium,” he said.