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Asian Games: India drops plans for late 2019 bid

Published on Jul 7, 2014 7:42 PM

MUMBAI (REUTERS) - India has changed its mind on submitting a late bid for the 2019 Asian Games after failing to meet an extended deadline, the secretary-general of the Indian Olympic Association told Reuters on Monday.

Hanoi was awarded the Games in November 2012 ahead of the Indonesian city of Surabaya but the Vietnamese capital stood down as hosts in April, fearing the multi-sport event would not be financially viable.

India made a late decision to bid for the Games and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) extended its July 1 deadline by "a couple of days" for the country to submit a proposal.

IOA secretary-general Rajeev Mehta said the association had dropped the plan after failing to get an audience with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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