The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president N Ramachandran confirmed that India will not bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. (Here’s why the IOA won’t bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games )
The IOA believes that there are too many nations that are in the fray and hence do not believe that there is a significant chance to win. Atleast that is what they are saying.
“There are too many people in the fray. Durban has not yet officially pulled out even though they are saying but Commonwealth Games Committee is still in discussion with South Africa,” Ramachandran.
“UK has come forth saying that they want to do it in London, Manchester and Birmingham. So for the IOA to make a proposal at this late stage is not advisable.”
When asked about whether or not they want to bid for any other sports events, this is what Ramachandran said. (Here’s why the IOA won’t bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games )
“Yes but at this point of time it is too premature to talk about it. We are not only looking to bid for only IOC sessions but also multi-sports events.”
“Look at China, this is exactly what China did 15-20 years ago. So we can adopt the same path. Unless there is any multi-sport event happening in India, our athletes will not get exposure and the push to do well will also not be there. So we are always looking for all possible multi-sport event.” (Here’s why the IOA won’t bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games )
“For example, on a very short notice we hosted the SAF Games within 90 days and it was a tremendous success, so we are always looking for hosting some multi-sport event,” he explained.