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India eyes hosting rights to Olympics, Asian Games

Reuters, MUMBAI, India

However, a question mark over the nation’s ability to host an international multisports event has hung over India since the 2010 Commonwealth Games, a US$6 billion event billed as New Delhi’s answer to the Beijing Olympics.

A series of embarrassments over leaking stadiums and filthy accommodation culminated in Games head Suresh Kalmadi spending nine months in prison for inflating tenders worth millions of dollars.

Ramachandran said there would be no repeat of those blunders.

“We have learned from our mistakes. You see the South Asian Games [last year] that was hosted in Guwahati. Nobody said anything,” he said. “We should stick to what we know best — technical conduct of the Games. Even when we hosted the Commonwealth Games in India, [the IOC] praised the technical conduct of the event, and we also did very well in the medals tally.”

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