Government clears way for international athletes to play in India

Last Updated: Jun 19 2019 16:26
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Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra has assured the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that visas will be given to players from all countries including Pakistan to play in international events in India.

With this declaration, India can go ahead and bid to host international events like 2032 Olympics.

In a letter to IOC chief Thomas Bach, Batra said the government will “permit all qualified athletes belonging to any National Olympic Committee…” to take part in events held in India.

It said that the “commitment of the Government of India stems from our world view of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ or ‘The World is one family’ which, in essence, is also the spirit behind the International Olympic Movement”.

India has already submitted an Expression of Interest to host the 2026 Youth Olympics and 2032 Olympics. IOA also wants to host 2020 Asian Games.