'I won't ask you to do anything in between your schedules but…': PM Narendra Modi tells Paris Olympics-bound athletes | Paris Olympics 2024 News

New Delhi: India's aspirations to host the 2036 Olympic Games have received a significant boost from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has expressed confidence in the country's bid and sought valuable inputs from the athletes representing the country at the upcoming Paris Games.

In a recent interaction with the delegation visiting Paris, Modi emphasised the importance of their observations and experiences in the French capital as they can provide invaluable inputs to aid India's preparations for hosting the quadrennial mega event.

“We hope to host the Olympics in 2036, which will help create a sports environment in the country. Work to create infrastructure for this is in progress,” Modi said, according to PTI.

Acknowledging the transformative power of the Olympic Games, the Prime Minister highlighted its potential impact on creating a vibrant sporting culture within the country.

“I will not ask you to do anything in between your programmes, but when you are free, I will urge you to inspect the arrangements. Your inputs will help us in our bid for 2036. We will develop an understanding on how we can be better prepared,” the Indian Prime Minister said.

The government's commitment to this issue is further evident from the presence of Sports Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Indian Olympic Association President P.T. Usha in this meeting.

Modi’s request to the athletes to observe and report on the organisational aspects of the Paris Games reflects a strategic move to ensure that if India hosts the 2036 Olympics, it will be equipped with the knowledge and insight needed to organise the event to the highest standard.

The excitement for the upcoming Games, scheduled to be held from July 26 to August 11, is palpable, with India aiming to surpass its record-breaking performance at the Tokyo Games, where the country bagged seven medals, including a historic gold medal in javelin throw by Neeraj Chopra. With over 100 Indian athletes, including 21 shooters, having qualified for the Paris Games, there is a tangible sense of anticipation and hope of ending the medal drought of the last two editions.

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