India has announced its bid to host the 2036 Olympic and Paralympic Games, expressing its long-standing dream. In addition, the country will bid for the Youth Olympic Games in 2029. Bidding, selection, and elimination are all part of the process. The application is made by the governing body of a city with the cooperation of the national government. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) members vote in a secret ballot on the host city, with each active member getting one vote. If no candidate receives a majority of votes, the contender with the fewest votes is eliminated. Following Brisbane's selection for the 2032 Olympics, the 2036 host city will be chosen before 2026 or 2027.
India is set to host the International Olympic Committee (IOC) session for the first time since 1983. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed India's interest in hosting the event, stating that the country is eager to prepare for the successful organisation of the Olympics in 2036. He also expressed willingness to host the 2029 Youth Olympics and assured that India would receive constant support from the IOC. The hosts of the 2030 and 2034 Winter Olympics will be confirmed at next year's IOC Session in Paris as part of a double allocation. IOC President Thomas Bach described India as an "inspiring place" and praised India's presence at the ceremony. Bach also announced the IOC is exploring plans for the creation of the Olympic Esports Games, which follows on from the Olympic Virtual Series in 2021 and the Olympic Esports Week in Singapore earlier this year.
The modern Olympics are staged in 51 cities across Western Europe, with no cities in Central America, Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East, South Asia, or Southeast Asia. Seven to eleven years before the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris and the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, decisions are taken. The Olympics are essential for India because they serve as a soft-power instrument, helping to rebuild the country's image after the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010. India's Olympic candidature for 2036 corresponds with global aspirations such as a UN Security Council seat and the G-20 presidency. Recent sports accomplishments, such as Abhinav Bindra's Olympic gold medal in 2008, have strengthened India's confidence.
A mega event offers various obstacles, such as high infrastructure expenses, security, cost overruns, environmental effects, geopolitical issues, and ethical behaviour. Governance difficulties, such as the 2010 Commonwealth Games hosting controversies in India, might potentially jeopardise the tournament. Exorbitant expenditures were evident in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, prompting Australia to withdraw from hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2026 and Canada to abandon its candidature for the 2030 edition.
The Olympic Games began as a religious celebration honouring Zeus in ancient Greece. The modern Olympic Games were resurrected in the late nineteenth century, with the first being held in Athens, Greece, in 1896. The modern Olympic Games are ascribed to Pierre de Coubertin. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) organises the Games and governs the National Olympic Committees (NOCs). Since 1948, the Olympics have been held every four years, with the obligation of hosting assigned to a city rather than a country, and the city chosen unilaterally by the International Olympic Committee.
IOC has announced that cricket, squash, baseball/softball, lacrosse, and flag football will be included in the Olympic programme at the Los Angeles Games in 2028. The decision was made at the IOC session in Mumbai on October 16, with only two delegates voting against the new events. The IOC's values remain the red line that will not be crossed in esports, and their position is gaining more respect in the esports community. The real race lies ahead in the esports space.
Cricket returns to the Olympics for the first time in 128 years, featuring six-team men's and women's Twenty20 tournaments. Lacrosse has returned as a medal sport since 1908, and baseball has featured at the Olympics several times. Flag football, a non-contact American football format, and squash are included for the first time. The inclusion of cricket in the LA2028 programme is seen as a "win-win situation" for the Olympic Movement, as it provides a global stage for cricket and engages with fan and athlete communities.
Bach, the German Olympic President, has been praised for his ability to convince LA organisers to include cricket in their list of potential new sports, despite it being an emerging sport in the US. The idea was first discussed with LA 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman at the athletics World Championships in Eugene last year. Bach has also received support from IOC members to stay on as president beyond 2025, which is when his current term expires. If he were to extend his tenure for a third term, it would exceed the 12-year limit set by the Olympic Charter.
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