India plays her card to win the bid for 2024 Olympics


New Delhi: India seems to be all set to light up the burnt out fire of the Indian sports. According to sources, if India manages to win the bid of hosting the 2024 Olympics, Ahmedabad might well turn out to be the sports-hotspot of the event.

Close sources have confirmed the recent developments of a formal plan being worked upon to host the Games in Ahmedabad when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, who is scheduled to visit India later next month in an official visit to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 The dates are yet to be finalised but going by the reports, hosting the Olympic Games in 2024 will consume most part of the discussion between the two dignitaries.

Modi has already expressed his interest in working and giving mileage to Indian sports at the grassroot level. He has even said that he wants to see India as the power house of sports.

Sources also confirmed that sports secretary Ajit Mohan Sharan has already had a word and held discussions with key IOC officials in this regard and invited Bach to visit India in April. Sharan was in Lausanne, Switzerland, last week where the discussions took place.Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal didn’t confirm any such happenings, neither did IOA secretary general, Rajeev Mehta who said that he is not aware of any such happenings.

Brazil will host the 2016 Olympic Games while Japan’s capital city Tokyo will play host to 2020 Summer Games. The ‘Expression of Interest’ to bid for 2024 Olympics has already started and India look to cash in without wasting any more time.

The other countries who have shown their interest and had already sent their bids to the IOC to host the Games are Italy’s Rome, Germany’s Hamburg and USA’s city of Boston.Kenya’s Nairobi, Morocco’s Casabianca, Qatar’s Doha, France’s Paris and Russia’s St.Petersburg are all in contention to bid for the greatest sporting event of the world.

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