India reiterates will to bid for hosting 2020 Olympics

09:03, October 13, 2010      

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Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee (OC) chief Suresh Kalmadi Tuesday said that India continues to dream about hosting the Olympics in 2020.

"I have a dream of bringing the Olympics, but when, I don't know," Kalmadi said here.

India is considering a bid for the 2020 Olympics, with the International Olympic Committee General Assembly due to vote on the host city in 2013.

"I need to speak to the government about it after the Commonwealth Games," Kalmadi added.

IOC President Jacques Rogge last week said that India had good chances of getting the Olympics bid.

Kalmadi said that the Commonwealth Games would leave a broader sporting legacy in India.

"The legacy for us is Olympic sports," he said.

"One of the main things of having a big event like the Commonwealth Games is to ensure that we create a lot of new icons and these icons will lead the the youth of India towards the global sports," he emphasized.

Kalmadi is also the Indian Olympic Committee president and a senior official of the ruling National Congress Party in India.

Source: Xinhua


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