Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government will soon begin engagement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), notifying the committee of Ahmedabad’s interest in hosting the 2036 Summer Olympics.
A meeting was convened under the chairmanship of chief secretary Pankaj Kumar to review the master plan of the upcoming Sardar Patel Sports Enclave, and the preliminary infrastructure feasibility study for hosting the 2036 Olympic Games in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.
PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which was appointed by Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) made a presentation on infrastructure gap assessment, concept plan, vision and roadmap for hosting the 2036 Summer Olympics in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. A detailed assessment of all key sports and non-sports facilities of the two cities has been undertaken, aligned with the requirements of the IOC.
“Twenty-two sites in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar have the potential for hosting of the future Olympic Games,” the state government said in a statement.
It said minor modifications are required in six sites for hosting the games. Temporary facilities can be created in six sites, whereas the remaining sites require significant redevelopment or need to be newly developed to accommodate additional sports.
Following an assessment of sports, non-sports, and city infrastructure requirements, AUDA has initiated the next phase of activities to start a dialogue with IOC for proposing Ahmedabad as a host city for the Games, which can fast-track development and brig opportunities and other benefits for the host city, region, and country at large.
AUDA has drawn up a framework for future course of action, including a detailed roadmap for engagement with IOC. A Special Purpose Vehicle will be set up for further action in coordination with the Government of India.
“Through the SPV, the state government is geared up to undertake detailed planning and assessment to present a compelling case for hosting the Olympics,” it added.