21 October, 2020

Ranbir Singh

On Indias chances of winning the bid for the 2006 Asiad and the sports scene

Ranbir Singh
outlookindia.com
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So much for business. But how will the games benefit our athletes?
It is not possible to send all our athletes abroad. But with such events, they get a chance to compete with the best and improve themselves.

Delhi is also hosting the first Afro-Asian games next year. Won't it tilt the votes in our favour?
I hope so. More than 3,000 athletes from 96 countries will descend on Delhi. It is 50 percent of the Olympic movement.

Isn't Malaysia also a strong contender?
They are bidding on the basis of the Commonwealth games they hosted. But then, all the four bidders-Kuala Lumpur, Delhi, Doha and Hong Kong-are very evenly balanced.

How crucial are the votes of the middle eastern countries?
West Asia has never hosted these games and this time since Qatar is also a contender, they will obviously root for them.

Do we really need the games?
It is a tremendous publicity to the host nation. We hope to generate about $150 to $200 million through sponsorship alone.

So much for business. But...
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