21 October, 2020

Ranbir Singh

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

Ranbir Singh
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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