India Olympics 2024 Bid
Published: April 27, 2015
India Olympics 2024 Bid, Thomas Bach with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Image Credit: IOC)International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach expressed “surprise” at media reports that India may bid for 2024 Olympics saying that it’s too early for India to host Games.
“A year after returning from Olympic suspension, the IOA still needs to find its feet. We are surprised with the speculation about the Olympic bid. It’s too quick now for India to host the Olympics in 2024,” Bach said.
“For now India needs to build its athletes, find unity among themselves so that you can field a strong team at the Rio Olympics,” he said.
After holding talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid growing expectations that India may make its first bid to host the Olympic Games, Bach said doors are always open for India.
“PM Modi is also seriously looking into India’s Olympic candidature in the future. But he wants India to be well prepared. From now to September, it would be difficult to get everything ready in time,” added Bach.
“But both the IOC and PM will be in contact about this in the future,” he said.
A tripartite agreement is signed between Government of India, IOC and IOA for the development of Indian sports.
“IOC wants to support sports in India very much. This is a good day for Indian sports and Indian sportspersons,” said the 1976 Montreal Games gold medallist. He won the top honours in Men’s Team Foil Fencing event.
Bach also congratulated the Indian Olympic Association on the reversal of a ban last year. The IOC had suspended India for electing officials accused of corruption in 2012, in breach of the Olympic charter.
Despite being the world’s second most populous nation, India has a poor record in Olympic competition.
Shooter Abhinav Bindra, who won gold in 2008 in the 10-metre air rifle event, remains the country’s only individual champion, while the last of India’s eight field hockey titles came back in 1980.