The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board has resolved to propose Mumbai for an IOC members vote as the host city for the IOC 2023 Session. The final decision will be taken at the 136th IOC session in Tokyo during July.
The IOC Executive Board (EB) today (Thursday) heard a report from the IOC Session Evaluation Commission, which visited Mumbai in October 2019 to study the feasibility of hosting the IOC Session in the ‘business capital of India’. The Evaluation Commission has praised the quality of the facilities at the Jio World Centre, which is the potential venue for the IOC Session, states report by Olympic.org.
The Commission was also impressed by the potential of India as a country, which is the world’s sixth largest economy and has a population of 1.3 billion people, 60 per cent of whom are under 35.
IOC President Thomas Bach stated: “We have chosen India because it is the second most populous nation in the world, with a very young population and a huge potential for Olympic sport. We want to encourage and support the National Olympic Committee of India and all the National Federations to promote and strengthen Olympic sport in the country.”
It is hoped that hosting the IOC Session in India will highlight the role of sport in India and celebrate the contribution of India to the Olympic Movement.
The year 2023 will be significant for India as it coincides with the 75th anniversary of Indian independence. Hosting the IOC Session in Mumbai would put the Olympic Movement at the heart of those celebrations.