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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

India consider bid for 2032 Olympics as new IOA chief Batra demands country 'think big'

Bids are also being considered for 2030 Asian Games and 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Narinder Batra is set to take a proposal to the India government regarding a bid to host the 2033 Olympics. Tom Dulat / Getty Images
Narinder Batra is set to take a proposal to the India government regarding a bid to host the 2033 Olympics. Tom Dulat / Getty Images

India's new Olympics chief Narinder Batra has vowed to make bids to stage the 2032 Olympics, 2030 Asian Games or 2026 Commonwealth Games, saying the country must "think big".

Batra, who is also the International Hockey Federation (FIH) president, said after winning the Indian Olympic Association vote late on Thursday that an approach would be made to the Indian government for financial backing.

"Once I settle down, the IOA will take a proposal to the government to host the 2032 Olympics, 2030 Asiad and 2026 CWG. We should think big but hosting these Games depends on the government as they will sanction the funds," he said.

"I have always dreamed big and this is my personal view that India should host these big events."

When New Delhi staged the 2010 Commonwealth Games, they were marked by construction delays, failing infrastructure and accusations of financial mismanagement.

But India is now one of the world's fastest growing major economies, and international sporting chiefs say it must be a contender to hold major events.

Batra overwhelmingly won the contest for the IOA presidency, but a Delhi court is still to review the vote.