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India Named as the Host of IOC Session 2023, Wins Bid After 40 Years

Host of IOC Session 2023: India wins the bid to host the IOC session in 2023 after 4 decades. Mumbai has been named as the host of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in 2023, as Indian officials outlined their long-term target to host a future edition of the Olympic Games to the organisation.

Host of IOC Session 2023

The Indian city originally submitted its interest in hosting the IOC Session back in June 2019. This prompted IOC vice-president Ng Ser Miang to lead an IOC Evaluation Commission visit in October 2020, with the organisation’s Executive Board officially proposing Mumbai in March 2020.

This will be the second IOC session in India. The country last hosted an IOC session in 1983 in New Delhi.

“It is our ambition to host the Olympic Games in the future,” said Nita Ambani during her presentation to the IOC.

“I truly believe India is on the verge of creating something very special with the Olympic Movement,” she added. She also said part of India’s proposal is also to have elite sports development programmes for local communities alongside hosting the IOC session.

“We have chosen India because it is the second-most populous nation in the world, with a very young population and a huge potential for Olympic sport,” President Thomas Bach was quoted in an IOC statement earlier.

The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had recommended Mumbai as the venue to hold the 2023 IOC session after its evaluation commission was impressed by the facilities at the Jio World Centre.

The IOC session in India and related meetings will take place in May-June 2023. The election for the host country for the 2030 Winter Olympics and deciding the sports programme for the 2028 Summer Olympics are likely to be on the agenda at this session.

The IOC has a total of 101 members with voting rights. Additionally, there are 45 honorary members and one honour member who do not have the right to vote. In addition to the members, senior Representatives (President & Secretary-General) from more than 50 International Sports Federations, (summer and winter sporting disciplines), also attend the IOC session.

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