India should host the 2020 Olympics: Chidambaram

August 9th, 2008 - 12:50 am ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of P. Chidambaram

Bangalore, Aug 8 (IANS) Even as the Beijing Olympics 2008 got underway Friday, Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram expressed hope that India would be able to stage the Olympic Games in 2020. “India must be able to pitch for hosting the Olympics in 2020 if not 2016. By that time we much become an economic super power with resources and capacity to stage the world’s greatest sports event,” Chidambaram said at a function where his recent book “A View from the Outside: Why Good Economics Works for Everyone” was read to a select audience.

Recalling his address in the Lok Sabha on the day of the trust vote (July 22), Chidambaram said the only country India should compare with is China, and not any other country.

“The only country India can compare with is China. Everyday, I compare our country with China and ask why we can’t overtake it. When can we overtake China? Only when we have the resources and the courage to stage the Olympics,” Chidambaram noted.

Asserting that India had a great future because of its people who are its greatest strength, he said the younger generation was confident and full of ideas, hope, pride, enthusiasm and ambition.

“We have great potential and great talent. All we need is to get our act together. The problem is not politics but governance. If India could not do it (Olympics) in 2008, we should set a date for ourselves. If I were you, I will ask political parties to say India must be able to pitch for hosting the 2020 Olympics,” Chidambaram affirmed, drawing a round of applause.

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