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Vote! Should India bid for the Olympics?

By Rediff Sports Desk
Last updated on: April 17, 2015 08:52 IST
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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach waves the Olympic flag. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Earlier this week nine-time Olympic champion swimmer Mark Spitz said India needs to bid for the Summer Games to inspire its people to take up sport and become a sporting nation.

'India need to bid for Olympics to become sporting nation'

'IOC chief Bach wants India to win more Olympic medals'

The winner of seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich said lack of competition in India and also socio-economic factors have prevented the country from producing more Olympians.

Interestingly, India is exploring the possibility of hosting the Games and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach are scheduled to meet on April 27 in New Delhi to discuss the nation's likely bid for the 2024 extravaganza.

New Delhi hosted the Asian Games in 1951 and 1982 but the Indian Olympic Association faced heavy criticism over corruption charges and delays in construction while organising the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Ahead of their meeting, let's have your views on India bidding for the Olympics.

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