India Bidding to host Three Major Sporting Events

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach addresses a press conference in New Delhi, India. Photo: Altaf Qadri / Associated Press
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach addresses a press conference in New Delhi, India. Photo: Altaf Qadri / Associated Press

NEW DELHI — The Indian Olympic Association says it will bid for three major sporting events — the 2026 Youth Olympics, the 2030 Asian Games and the 2032 Summer Olympics.

The bidding process for the 2026 Youth Olympics is likely to start in 2020. Thailand has also expressed interest in hosting the event.

Addressing a press conference Thursday with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, IOA President Narindra Batra says he expects fierce competition from other bidders.

Bach says India has the capability to host big events but advised it to wait for the bidding process to start. He said no procedure is currently open for the 2032 Olympic Games or for 2026 Youth Olympics.