Everyone remembers the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. From the stunning opening ceremony to the two-week long spectacle of elite sporting competition, the country returned to the world stage with a bang. Fast-forward 24 years and China could be getting ready to host the Summer Games all over again… but this time in Shanghai.
Luo Wenhua, a member of the Shanghai Sports Administration, hinted to international media this week that the city is considering a bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics, claiming it would be “the highest ideal,” Channel NewsAsia reports.
However, Luo refrained from committing outright to placing a bid, instead suggesting that the city will be keeping a close eye on Tokyo and Paris – who will host the 2020 and 2024 games, respectively – in order to learn more about how to effectively host the Olympics.
In recent years, Shanghai has been making a concerted effort to become a globally renowned ‘sports city.’ Beijing has made similar efforts and come 2022 it will be the first city in the world to host both the summer and winter Olympics.
Over 160 sporting events are held in Shanghai each year, including high-profile sporting competitions such as the Formula One Grand Prix, Diamond League athletics and the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament.
However, Shanghai isn’t about to stop there. If it were to host the Summer Games, the move may be exactly what Shanghai needs to turn the city into a global sports giant rivalling the likes of Tokyo, Paris, LA, London and New York.
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