India is planning to bid for Asian Games, Sports Minister Vijay Goel confirmed on Wednesday. The bid is an effort to to promote sports in the country. The Indian Olympic Association has forwarded a proposal to bid for the Games. India have also forwarded a bid to host the 2020 Beach Asian Games.
According to report in The Indian Express, “We have received the proposal from the IOA and the government will look into it,” Goel said. India last hosted the Asian Games way back in 1982.
The 2018 Asian Games will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia and the 2022 Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou, China in September. The host of the 2026 Asian Games have also been confirmed. Japan will host the game and India can only bid for 2030 Asian Games.
On Wednesday morning, IOA president N Ramachandran met Sports Minister Goel to inform him about the proposal sent to the Ministry.
“We have to see how and when we can bid for the Asian Games. But we are confident of winning the bid for Asian Beach Games,” said Goel.