India proposes to host 2023 IOC session in Mumbai

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India today proposed to host the 2023 International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Mumbai, which is expected to choose the host city for the 2030 Winter Olympics.

Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra and IOC member Nita Ambani submitted the formal bid to IOC Chief Thomas Back on the sidelines of the governing body's 134th Session at Lausanne in Switzerland.

Mr Batra said, 2022-2023 happens to be the 75th year of Indian Independence and it is the best way for Indian sports to celebrate by having the entire Olympic community in India.

An IOC Session is the general meeting of the members of the Committee, held once a year in which each member has one vote. It is the IOC's supreme organ and its decisions are final.

India wanted to host the ongoing session but it lost to the Italian city of Milan. Later, Milan had to step back from the role after Italy decided to bid for the 2026 Winter Games instead.

An IOC rule prohibits host city candidates from being elected in their home country. The Italian city was yesterday named as host of 2026 Winter Olympics. India has earlier hosted an IOC Session in 1983 in New Delhi. (AIR NEWS)

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