Ahmedabad initiates process for ‘potentially hosting Olympics’!

Proposals are invited to conduct a 'gap analysis' to assess the existing infrastructure in Ahmedabad for a potential Olympics bid. Photo courtesy: Yahoo.

Ahmedabad has initiated process to evaluate a potential bid to bring the Olympics to the city. The process to pick the host for the 2032 Games is already on. Ahmedabad may potentially bid for the 2032 Games.

Proposals have been invited from consultants to conduct a “gap analysis” for assessing the existing infrastructure in the city.

The Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) on Wednesday invited proposals from consultants to conduct a ‘gap analysis’ to assess the existing infrastructure in the city and to state what more is needed to make it a potential venue for the Olympic Games, states a PTI report.

During the inauguration of the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad in February, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said that the Sardar Patel Sports Complex, which houses the largest cricket stadium in the world, will be developed in such a way that it can host Olympic Games and other international games in future.

“Request for Proposal (RFP) for technically sound and experienced consulting engineering firms for appointment of Technical Assistance (TA) Consultant/Agency for the Assessment of Sports & Non-Sports Venues & City Infrastructure for Hosting the Olympic Games,” AUDA said in an e-tender published on its website on Wednesday.

The Olympic Games up to 2028 have been allotted and the process for allotment of 2032 is under progress with Brisbane being the front runner, the e-tender further said, hinting that Ahmedabad could be a contender for the games in 2036 or 2040.

“In order to engage with the IOC for potentially hosting a future edition of the Summer Olympics in India,” an assessment of “long-term regional development plans of Ahmedabad Region to host Olympics in partnership with key stakeholders and its alignment to a potential Olympic candidature” was necessary, it said.

Also, assessment of “the potential for hosting the future edition of the Summer Olympics with regards to the sports venues (competition and training); non-sports venues (Games Village; Hotels; International Broadcast Compound, Media and Press Centre, Accreditation Centre) and city infrastructure (Transport, Power, Sanitation etc.),” was needed, AUDA said.

The selected consultant will have to submit a report within three and a half months.

“We want to find out how much infrastructure is needed and how much we already have in and around the upcoming Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave to organise large-scale international sports events, such as Commonwealth Games and Olympics,” said CEO of AUDA, A B Gor.

“We will submit that report to the state government for further action,” he added.

In February this year, President Ram Nath Kovind performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave in Motera.

“The sports complex at Motera of which Narendra Modi stadium is a part and the new sports complex at Naranpura will help Ahmedabad to host any international event like the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games or Olympics,” Shah had said.

Ahmedabad after the construction of the Narendra Modi Stadium is also emerging the cricketing hub in the country. Key matches of the Indian Premier League, which had to be suspended abruptly due to the massive Covid-19 outbreak, and the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 were allotted to the city.