India will be a hot contender to host the 2018 Asian Games with Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah promising to make the case for the country which lost the bid for 2014 Asiad in 2007.
The OCA President, who met Randhir Singh — the General Secretary of Indian Olympic Association as well as the OCA — on his brief visit to the country, said it was high time India got the chance to host the Games in the new age.
“They are the founder of the movement. India has a vast experience of hosting the inaugural Games in 1954 and then in 1982 while it’s also going to stage the Commonwealth Games next year. The country has changed a lot and they should get the chance to host the Games with new technology in new atmosphere,” Sheikh Ahmad told reporters.
“Eighty per cent of the infrastructure created for the 2010 Commonwealth Games would be used for the Asiad. It has facilities like means of communication and transportation,” he said and added that “over the decades professionalism has grown and marketing has become better”.