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IOC president Thomas Bach to devise roadmap for Tokyo 2020
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach is on a three-day visit to India to hold a series of consultations with the stakeholders. This is Bach's second visit to India and he showered lavish praises on the hospitality extended to him. Bach is a lawyer by profession and had won a gold medal in fencing at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.

The IOC, Olympic Council of Asia, IOA and the sports ministry would be devising a roadmap for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics so that athletes can benefit from it. This will involve Indian athletes getting guidance from international experts. With a focus on improving India's performance in Tokyo 2020 Olympics and overall sports development in India, Bach made this announcement after holding a series of meetings with the executive committee of the Indian Olympic Association and Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.  

Indian Olympic Association will bid for three major multi-sport events to be held over the next decade and a half—the 2026 Youth Olympics, the 2030 Asian Games and the 2032 Olympics. Seven cities/national Olympic committees have already expressed interest in hosting the 2032 edition. Australia and Germany are two of the interested parties. 

Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympics with the next two editions to be staged in Paris and Los Angeles. It is not clear whether Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra has taken the sports ministry into confidence before making the announcement as union sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore had earlier made it clear that the present government is not in favour of hosting huge international events.  

Thomas Bach will be travelling to Mumbai tomorrow and will be hosted by India's newest IOC full time member Nita Ambani.

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