India Eyes 2030 Youth Olympics, 2036 Summer Olympics

India Eyes 2030 Youth Olympics, 2036 Summer Olympics

India has set its sights on hosting the 2030 Youth Olympics and the 2036 Summer Olympics, according to Union Minister Anurag Thakur. Speaking at the NDTV Yuva Conclave, Thakur expressed confidence that India will improve its medal tally at the upcoming Paris Olympics in 2024.

Thakur’s announcement aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s earlier statement at the IOC session in Mumbai last year, where he expressed India’s desire to host the Olympics in 2036. The 2024 Olympics will be held in Paris, followed by Los Angeles in 2028 and Brisbane in 2032.

Meanwhile, veteran table tennis player Sharath Kamal has been named India’s flag bearer for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Kamal, who is a reigning Commonwealth Games champion, expressed his delight at the honor. “It is the biggest honor and fairytale stuff considering it is going to be my fifth and last Olympics,” he said.

Legendary boxer MC Mary Kom has been appointed as the chef de mission of India’s contingent for the Paris Olympics. Kom and former hockey skipper Manpreet Singh were India’s flag bearers at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

India’s Olympic aspirations have received a boost with the appointment of Kamal and Kom. Kamal’s experience and leadership will be invaluable for the Indian team, while Kom’s legendary status will inspire the athletes.

The Indian contingent is expected to perform well at the Paris Olympics, with several athletes having already qualified for the Games. The country’s medal hopes rest on the shoulders of athletes such as Kamal, Kom, wrestler Bajrang Punia, and shooter Manu Bhaker.

India’s bid to host the 2030 Youth Olympics and the 2036 Summer Olympics is a testament to the country’s growing sporting prowess. If successful, India will become the first South Asian nation to host the Olympics.

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