OCA President for India to host Asian Games at will

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India can host the Asian Games as and when it is willing to stage the quadrennial, Asian continental games. The faith is poised by the Olympic Council of Asia president Shaikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) President Shaikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah has said that India will get to host the Asian Games for a third time if the country shows interest. India hosted the first ever Asian Games in New Delhi in 1951 and then again in the same city in 1982. Since then, Commonwealth Games in 2010, remains the only multi-sport, multi-national event that India has hosted.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had made an effort to host the 2014 edition but lost out to Korean city of Incheon. “India did not bid for the Games for a long time. The last time they bid, they lost to Incheon. They did not show interest to host the Games. If they request, there is a normal procedure. We know the capability of India. It has hosted two Games for us and whenever they are ready, we will be ready,” Shaikh Ahmed told reporters.

The OCA President said perhaps IOA is careful after the corruption-hit Commonwealth Games in Delhi. “Especially, after the CWG, (maybe) they want to make sure that the next Games will be very good. Whenever there is a request by Delhi or Bombay or any other capable city, they are most welcome. India is the Greece of Asia,” he said.

Ahmad’s Greece reference came since Greece had hosted the first ever Summer Olympics in 1896 in Athens while Delhi hosted first ever Asiad. The IOA is keen to bid for 2030 Asian Games and 2032 Olympics.