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India's ambitions for sport industry grow as China cuts goal

Nation floats idea 2036 Olympics in Modi's home state of Gujarat

Kane Russell of New Zealand, left, competes for the ball against Akashdeep Singh of India during a FIH Men's Field Hockey World Cup match in Bhubaneswar, India, on Jan. 22.   © EPA/Jiji

SEOUL -- India's global sporting ambitions are slowly beginning to catch up with those of China, a geopolitical and economic rival.

The city of Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha state in eastern India, last month hosted the Men's Hockey World Cup. Odisha, already labeled the country's "sporting capital," is spearheading sporting development that could move the country toward hosting a future Olympics or a soccer World Cup.

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