Odisha wants to organize more international sporting events, including the Olympic Games.
By Saumojyoti S Choudhury
Bhubaneswar, June 12 () A hockey center at the moment, Odisha is now trying to organize international events of other sports and eventually become a cutting-edge city in case India's bid to host the Olympic Games is made said a senior state government official on Wednesday. .
Secretary of Odisha Sports-cum-Tourism, Vishal Dev, said that in addition to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2020, Bhubaneswar is also the favorite to host the FIH Olympic Qualifiers in October-November of this year if India is classified for the event.
Yes, we have plans to host (Olympic hockey classification). If they offer, we'll definitely host it, said Dev.
Next month, we will organize the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships and in November we will also organize the Asian Rugby Championships. We also present an offer (to AIFF) to host the U17 FIFA Women's World Cup. Organizing international events is our priority. he added.
The President of the Olympic Association of India, Narinder Batra, has recently expressed his ambitious plan to bid for accommodation rights to the Olympic Games of 2032.
And Dev said there is no reason why Bhubaneswar can not be one of the host cities of the quadrennial show.
If there is a confirmation, then we have more than 10 years (to prepare for the Olympic Games). The Honorable Chief Minister has said that if ever Olympic Games are held in India, Odisha and Bhubaneswar should be one of the most prominent places. Three cities can be chosen and Bhubaneswar could be one of them, he said.
What we have done for sport and the kind of priority that we give to sports, we should be one of the places where the Olympic Games are held, added Dev.
Highlighting the importance of sport in promoting the state's tourism industry, the official cited the World Hockey Cup last year as an example.
The concept of sports tourism is something that Odisha was a pioneer in. Every time you organize a big event, the tourism industry grows, Dev said.
Odisha was recently hit by 'Cyclone Fani', which caused the state a loss of around 12,000 crore.
The devastation also overshadowed the FIH Series Finals underway here.
When the cyclone happened, the first thing we came up with is if we can organize the event, if we can give it the due time it deserves, said Dev.
Odisha is a state hit by natural calamities year after year, but the spirit of the people and the spirit of the state is very resilient. So we think that we will have the infrastructure in operation. We also wanted to convey a message to the outside world that we are going back to business and what better way to welcome international teams, he added. SSC PM PM