Delhi to bid for hosting Olympics 2048: Manish Sisodia
The Delhi government on Tuesday said that it will bring sports facilities and the city infrastructure to such a level that the national capital can bid to host the 39th Olympics in 2048.
Presenting Delhi Budget 2021-22, finance minister Manish Sisodia said, “Starting from Athens in 1896, the torch of the Olympics has never come to Delhi. The next, 32nd Olympics, games are to be held in Tokyo. The next three Olympics host cities have also been decided. Our government aims to bring the sports facilities and the sports atmosphere in the city to such a level through the new Sports University so that we can apply to host the 39th Olympics in 2048,” Sisodia said.
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He explained, “This may seem far away, but we have to bid for it 10 years before 2048. And before that it will take 15 years to build adequate infrastructure, to create an atmosphere where sports flourishes and to bring our players to a level where they bring medals in the sports competitions leading to Olympics 2048,” Sisodia said.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too said that Delhi will bid for the 2048 Olympics and the Delhi government will take up whatever infrastructure and other necessities that are needed to be created for the same.
While welcoming the CM Kejriwal’s remarks over the bid of the 2048 Olympic Games, Indian Olympic Association’s general secretary, Rajeev Mehta said IOA will support this move. “It’s good for sports, and we welcome this announcement made by CM Kejriwal. IOA will support this move,” said Mehta. “If we receive this request from the government, we will put this before the (IOA) executive council and also the general house for approval.”
Olympics host cities are chosen well in advance for adequate preparation time. For example, Rio de Janeiro was announced to organise the 2016 Games in 2009, while in 2017 the IOC confirmed Paris and Los Angeles as hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics, respectively.
Delhi hosted the Asian Games in 1951 and 1982 and the Commonwealth Games in 2010.
The process to bid to host the Olympics comprises of an invitation phase, where the interested city conveys an informal commitment to bid after which its officials are invited by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for a discussion and the candidature process, where the city officially submits a bid. The bid is then evaluated on these aspects – vision and strategy for the Games; legal, governance and financial mechanisms of the city; delivery of the Olympics and ensuring it has a sustainable legacy plan in place.
The bidding process often includes top government officials, bureaucrats, corporates, et al, join in to lobby for their city. In 2009, US President Barack Obama flew to Copenhagen to go all out for Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Games before the IOC’s vote. It was eventually unsuccessful. In 2017, French president Emmanuel Macron went a step further, turning up at the final presentation stage by Paris in an IOC meeting in July 2017. That September, Paris edged LA to host the Games in 2024.