India on Tuesday proposed to host the 2023 International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Mumbai. The 2023 IOC session will be a gathering where the host city for the 2030 Winter Olympics will be chosen. The last time India hosted an IOC session was back in 1983 in New Delhi.
The formal bid for the same was submitted by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra along with the IOC member Nita Ambani to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Back on the eve of the governing body’s 134th session in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“We will celebrate the 75th year of Indian Independence at that time and I think that is the best time for Indian sports to celebrate the occasion by having the entire Olympic family/community in our country,” Batra told IANS.
Batra is all set to be unveiled as the new IOC member during the session in Lausanne on Wednesday.
Earlier as well, the country had expressed a desire to host the ongoing session before losing it to Milan in Italy.
Lausanne, Switzerland: International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Nita Ambani, IOC Chief Thomas Bach and Olympic Association President of India Narinder Batra have submitted the formal bid to host 2023 IOC session in Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/JSuPLK5N1W
— ANI (@ANI) June 25, 2019
However, Milan stepped back from the role with Italy deciding to instead bid for the 2026 Winter Games.
In accordance to IOC rules, a host city candidate is not eligible to be elected in its home country. The Italian city went on to be named as the host for the 2026 Winter Olympics on Monday. This was followed by another stunning decision where the committee made the decision of inducting Breakdancing at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
At the moment, India is preparing for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics that will commence later next year. As of now, 11 Indian athletes have already qualified for the global extravaganza, with many others expected to follow the suit. Shooters (7) make up the majority of the Olympic qualifications from India.
Although India had sent their biggest-ever contingent of 118 to the 2016 Rio Olympics. However, only two athletes – PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik – had managed to win a medal.
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