"First the IOA has to make an iron cast case to the new government for bidding. The sports ministry has to prepare a cabinet note studying the pros and cons. It all depends on the new sports ministry but given the fact that court cases related to corruption in the Commonwealth Games are still pending and it seems they would not take a hasty decision," the official said.
In 2010, the government, amidst charges of corruption in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games, had shot down IOA's attempt to bid for the 2019 Asian Games. But now India joined the race to bid for the Games after hosts Vietnam, who were awarded the Games in 2012, pulled out last month citing financial burden. Besides India, Indonesia and Qatar are also in race along with Malaysia-Singapore's joint bid. The IOA is yet to make a formal appeal to the government for clearances from the finance ministry, home ministry, planning commission and the Delhi government. What may also dampen IOA's chances is that there is no elected government in Delhi, which is under president's rule.