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Russia says ‘happy to help’ India bid for 2036 Olympics

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Russia says ‘happy to help’ India bid for 2036 Olympics

WHILE IT continues to be ostracised from world sport following the invasion of Ukraine, Russia has supplied to assist India in internet hosting the 2036 Olympics if the bid receives backing from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Russia’s Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin mentioned his nation’s “specialists will be happy to help in organising the Olympic Games in India”.

Although no concrete official transfer has been made, India has repeatedly expressed curiosity to host the 2036 Games with Ahmedabad because the central metropolis.

Last 12 months, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra proposed a novel multi-city bid that will likely be centred round Ahmedabad as the important thing vacation spot. Two months in the past, Gujarat’s Advocate General Kamal Trivedi informed the Gujarat High Court that “we are preparing for the Olympics of 2036” and that the “Olympic Committee will visit in 2025”.

On Wednesday, throughout his go to to India, Matytsin informed RIA Sport that Russia was “very happy” that India is hoping to host the Games.

“If such a dream as hosting the Olympic Games comes true, then this will be another criterion for the stable development of the country. We are always open to interaction and ready to share our experience of hosting the Olympic Games, and we have done this many times, so if a decision is made, then Russian specialists will be happy to help in organising the Olympic Games in India,” Matytsin was quoted as saying.

Russian state media additionally reported that Matytsin put ahead the proposal of a pleasant soccer match between Russia, ranked 35 on this planet, and 104-ranked India if the latter expressed curiosity.

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At this early stage, Russia’s supply is generally symbolic. But it signifies its eagerness to bolster bilateral ties — particularly with India rising as a serious purchaser of Russia’s oil amid sanctions.

The Minister is main a Russian delegation to the International Convention Against Doping in Sport in New Delhi and held a gathering with Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Wednesday. Russian Ambassador Denis Alipov was additionally current on the assembly.

Sports Ministry sources mentioned the ministers explored areas of cooperation in sports activities, together with the alternate of technical data between gamers and coaches.

Former Croatia president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic heads the IOC fee that can choose the host metropolis for the 2036 Games, with a call to be taken between 2025 and 2029.

Incidentally, Russia was one of many international locations that confirmed curiosity in internet hosting the 2036 Olympics. However, after its invasion of Ukraine, the nation has been shunned by the world’s sporting our bodies.

Matytsin informed RIA Sports that “as of May 25, international sports organisations cancelled/ postponed 186 international sporting events planned in Russia in 2022-2023, including 36 major international sporting events”.

In May, London Mayor Sadiq Khan was quoted as saying by Daily Mail that he was in talks with the International Olympic Committee to deliver the Olympics again to the British capital in 2036 or 2040. Other cities within the fray are Istanbul, Doha, Jakarta, and Cairo, other than a possible joint bid from Berlin and Tel Aviv.

India had twice thrown its hat within the ring to host the Olympics — for 2024 and 2032 — however couldn’t put collectively a bid. With the hosts for the following three Olympics already determined — Paris in 2024, Los Angeles in 2028 and Brisbane in 2032 — the following alternative will solely are available 2036.

Ahmedabad has already began investing in infrastructure. In February, through the inauguration of the Narendra Modi stadium, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had mentioned the complicated is able to internet hosting the Olympics.