Anurag Thakur on hosting Olympics 2036, said- ‘We are ready and can easily compete with other contenders’

Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has given a statement regarding hosting the Olympic Games to be held in 2036. He has said that the country is capable of competing with other contenders. The election of the new President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is to be held next year. In such a situation, the host of the 2036 Olympic Games is not likely to be decided before 2026 or 2027.

India’s interest in hosting is also supported by current IOC President Thomas Bach who believes that India’s claim is very strong. When Thakur was asked whether India has the capability to counter the claims of many countries like Poland, Indonesia, Mexico, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, he said in an interview to PTI, “We are completely ready.” We can do this easily.

Regarding the expenditure on these games, Thakur said, “Last year our capital expenditure was Rs 10 lakh crore and the year before that it was Rs 7.5 lakh crore. This year it is Rs 11,11,111 crore. The sports infrastructure is barely Rs 5,000 crore. Even if the cost goes up to Rs 20,000 crore, this can be done.

The Government of India has also started preparations for this and it wants to further strengthen its claim by hosting the Youth Olympic Games to be held in 2030. If India gets the hosting rights, both these games can be organized in Ahmedabad. The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio cost $11.1 billion, while the Tokyo Games cost $12.9 billion.

When Thakur was asked whether this amount could be used on welfare schemes, he said that the poor would also benefit from hosting the Olympic Games. He said, “I will give you an example.” When IPL started, it gave employment to many people in these one or two months and their number is not in thousands but in lakhs. It strengthens our economy. A country like India will benefit from hosting the Olympic Games.

Thakur said, “Modi government is already doing a lot for the poor. It has already lifted 25 crore people above the poverty line. More facilities will be provided to make them prosperous.” The Sports Minister is hopeful that Indian players will give their best performance in the Olympic Games to be held in Paris in July-August this year. He said, “This time our medal count should reach double digits. Looking at the way we have prepared, I am hopeful that our medal count will reach double digits.

Thakur said the credit for India’s better performance in sports goes to the government’s Khelo India initiative, which was launched in 2017. He said, “Earlier it was said that if you study and write, you will become a Nawab and if you play and jump, you will become bad.” Now it is said that if you study and write, you will become a Nawab and if you play and jump, you will become wonderful.” Thakur said, ”Khelo India created an environment of sports in the country. People are now looking at careers in sports for their children as well. The sports budget has increased three times. Today Khelo India has more than 1000 centres.

However, Thakur is also aware of the challenges of Indian sports. These also include dealing with doping. India is among the top countries in the world in terms of doping cases. He said that it is the responsibility of the coaches and the national federation to take the players on the right path. The Sports Minister said, “Now we test more samples due to which the number of players coming positive has increased. Federations and coaches will have to change their mindset. If he takes shortcuts to win a medal, it will only lead to loss. This can ruin a player’s entire career. They have to move forward on the right path only.

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