India not bidding for 2024 Games, says IOC chief

Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:55am EDT
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By Amlan Chakraborty

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is serious about hosting an Olympics but is not planning a late bid for the 2024 Summer Games, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said on Monday.

The German's meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi fueled speculation about a possible Indian bid for the 2024 Games.

"We were aware of this speculation and quite frankly, we were a little bit surprised because, for different reasons, we think it maybe a little bit too quick now for India to have a successful Olympic Games in 2024," Bach told reporters.

Boston, Hamburg and Rome have launched bids for the 2024 Games while Paris is expected to join them before the mid-September deadline. The host City will be selected in 2017.

"We were very happy to see the Prime Minister is sharing the opinion. He is seriously looking into an Olympic candidature but wants to have this well-prepared," Bach said on his first visit to India since becoming the IOC president.

"He also considers that building such a successful candidature from now to Sept. 15 is maybe a little bit difficult. So we will stay in contact for the future but for 2024, we share the same opinion."

Three-times host of the 50-over cricket World Cup, India staged the Asian Games in 1951 and 1982 in New Delhi.

The Indian capital also hosted the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which was marred by charges of corruption and construction delays.   Continued...

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach speaks during a news conference at the end of the IOC Executive Board meeting in Rio de Janeiro, February 28, 2015. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares/Files