Indian athletes often faced challenges with food and a lack of a homely atmosphere during previous multi-sport events like the Olympics, Asian Games, and Commonwealth Games. To address these concerns, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), led by legendary athlete P T Usha, has announced the establishment of the first-ever ‘India House’ at the upcoming Paris Olympics. Scheduled from July 26 to August 11, this initiative aims to provide Indian athletes with a comfortable environment reminiscent of home.

Located near the Games Village, the 40,000 square feet India House will showcase India’s cultural heritage through various activities. It will feature yoga sessions, medal celebrations, and opportunities for athletes to meet fans and dignitaries. The facility will also include multi-cuisine Indian restaurants to cater to the athletes’ dietary preferences.

This initiative, a joint effort between the IOA and Reliance Foundation, the principal partner of the national Olympic committee, aims to create a ‘home away from home’ for athletes and their families. It will also serve as a cultural hub where visitors can learn about India’s tourism, digital advancements, and cultural diversity.

Previously planned for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 by JSW Group, the concept of an Indian hospitality house was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, with Paris hosting the Games, India House promises to be a significant addition, fostering a sense of community and cultural exchange among athletes and visitors from around the world.