The Chinese cities of Chengdu and Chongqing are set to jointly bid for the Summer Olympic Games in 2032.
The national newspaper, China Daily, revealed that the proposal from the two cities was featured inside of a government document released today.
Shanghai conducted a feasibility study on hosting the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2018, which has since sparked interest from Chengdu and Chongqing after news of a potential bid from Shanghai went quiet.
Chengdu are already set to host the Summer World University Games next year and the World Games in 2025 but are keen to bolster their line-up by jointly hosting the biggest sporting event in the world. As reported by China Daily, Chongqing hopes that hosting the Games acts as a “boost for social economic development in the region.”
Currently, Queensland are thought to be the front-runners in holding the 2032 Olympic Games but have held back on any potential bids due to the coronavirus pandemic. So too have other countries interested in the competition including Jakarta in Indonesia, Doha in Qatar, Rhein-Ruhr in Germany and India.
"As part of a national strategy to develop the Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle, the two cities will bid for the Olympics together to try to host a Games with strong urban and cultural characteristics of the two cities, and to enhance the international influence of the two cities," the document reads.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) changed the way it selected hosts for the Olympic and Paralympic games last year. A Future Host Commission for formed to identify and recommend venues for both the Summer and Winter Games. Once identified, the IOC will regularly contact the interested cities.
The IOC is yet to confirm when an awarding of the 2032 Games is set to take place under the new selection process, originally due in 2025.
China last hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2008 in Beijing, who are also set to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, however, human rights groups have called for the IOC to strip Beijing of the Games because of alleged mistreatment of its citizens.
Author: Jake Wilkin