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The desire to have a Grand Prix in Delhi is likely to rise following the news that the city has given up on its bid to host the Olympic Games in 2016. This followed its failure to land the 2014 Asian Games after a vote last week in which Korea's Incheon beat Delhi in an Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) vote. This means that Delhi will have to look at other sporting events to improve the country's international image.

But the failure of the bid also highlights the problems that exist gettings things done in India with Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Suresh Kalmadi blaming the sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar for sabotaging the bid with remarks about India needing to spend the money on better sports infrastructure and sports coaching rather than on high profile international events.

The evaluation committee of the OCA listed the two areas of concern in its report following its visit to New Delhi: pollution and traffic congestion.

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