India yesterday earned the right to hold Formula One (F1) for the first time in the year 2009, according to officials announced.
Approval of setting event was held in the country's capital, New Delhi, said Suresh Kalmadi, president of Indian Olympic Association (IOA), which will promote the race.
"We have received a letter about this from Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One boss," said Kalmadi told reporters.
Organizing fund the race will be obtained from the government and the private sector to build a stadium and a new path for the F1 race. "We will examine the land suitable for world-class track," Kalmadi added.
New Delhi was preparing to organize the Commonwealth Games in 2010. However, the city failed in its efforts to host the Asian Games in 2014 and run to host the 2016 Olympics.
Kalmadi said the IOA he believed the proposal would meet the financial and infrastructure set Ecclestone before the final contract is signedÂ on the deadline 30 September.
"We are quite able to collect the money. We've done so far. We'll do it again, "he said.
The question why New Delhi was chosen as the place of the race, Kalmadi said, "The Commonwealth Games will soon arrive. So we will have international airports, hotels, and other infrastructure are ready for this. "
Ecclestone has recently promoted India as one of the future markets for motor sport after driver who grew up in India, Narain Karthikeyan, a driver for Jordan in the 2005 season.
"India is a country that may grow faster than China," Ecclestone said in November.
Interest organized F1 race in India has increased after Karthikeyan jump back on the track with the support of India reported sponsorship worth 10 million U.S. dollars.
29-year-old driver will not race in 2006, but signed an agreement with Williams as test driver.
Millions of people of India to watch F1 races on television, often interest the same as watching sports the most popular in the country, cricket.
Federal Sports Minister of India, Mani Shankar Aiyar, who opposed the implementation of international sporting events expensiveÂ in the country, has not responded about the announcement.
Aiyer, a former diplomat and foreign ministry spokesman, described the effort to host the Asian Games as nothing more than a misguided attempt to improve the global image of the country.
Indian media skepticism about the prospects for organizing the race in New Delhi.
"Capital does not have a place to hold F1 race, becauseÂ the city has no culture for motor sports, "said Sharda Ugra, sports editor of the weekly India Today.
"Those places in southern India such as Bangalore or Chennai, where Karthikeyan and other drivers were, would be a better place," he said.
In 17 races in the calendar year 2007, four races allotted to the Asia-Pacific region in Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Fuji in Japan. Singapore will hold races in 2008 and South Korea in 2010.
Jumat, 06 November 2009
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