A hockey hub proper now, Odisha is now trying to organise worldwide occasions of different sports activities as properly to ultimately develop into a front-runner metropolis ought to India's bid to host the Olympics comes by way of, a prime state authorities official stated on Wednesday.
Odisha Sports activities-cum-Tourism Secretary Vishal Dev stated in addition to the 2020 FIFA U-17 Ladies's World Cup, Bhubaneswar can also be the front-runner to host the FIH Olympic Qualifiers in October-November this yr if India qualifies for the occasion.
"Sure, we now have plans to host (hockey Olympic Qualifiers). If we're provided we will certainly host it," Dev advised PTI.
"Subsequent month, we're internet hosting the Commonwealth Desk Tennis Championships and in November we're additionally internet hosting the Asian Rugby Championships. We additionally submitted a bid (to AIFF) to host the FIFA U17 Ladies's World Cup. Internet hosting worldwide occasions is our precedence," he added.
The Indian Olympic Affiliation President Narinder Batra has lately expressed his formidable plan to bid for the internet hosting rights of the 2032 Olympics. Dev stated there isn't a cause why Bhubaneswar cannot be one of many host cities for the quadrennial extravaganza.
"If there's a affirmation then we've greater than 10 years (to organize for Olympics). The Hon'ble Chief Minister has stated that if Olympics ever occurs in India, Odisha and Bhubaneswar ought to be one of the outstanding locations. Three cities might be picked and Bhubaneswar might be one in every of them," he stated.
"No matter we have now completed for the game and the sort of precedence we give to sports activities, we ought to be one of many venues for internet hosting Olympics," Dev added.
Highlighting the significance of sports activities in selling the tourism business of the state, the official cited final yr's Hockey World Cup for instance. "The idea of sports activities tourism is one thing which Odisha pioneered. Each time you host a big occasion the tourism business grows," Dev stated.
Odisha was just lately battered by 'Cyclone Fani', that brought about the state a lack of round Rs 12,000 crores. The devastation additionally forged a shadow on the continued FIH Collection Finals right here.
"When the cyclone occurred the very first thing that crossed our thoughts is whether or not we will host the occasion, whether or not we will give it the due time that it deserves," Dev stated.
"Odisha is a state battered by pure calamities yr after yr however the spirit of the individuals and the spirit of the state could be very resilient. So we thought we'll get the infrastructure up and operating."
"We additionally needed to move throughout a message to the surface world that we're again to enterprise and what higher method than to welcome worldwide groups," he added.