India is set to join the Formula 1 calendar, according to the president of the Indian Olympic Association, who revealed that Bernie Ecclestone has reportedly confirmed a race will be held in 2009.

Announced at a news conference by IOA president Suresh Kalmadi, he claimed Ecclesone had signed a letter that confirmed India will be the latest nation, following Singapore and Abu Dhabi, to win a place on the F1 calendar.

"We have received a letter in this regard from Bernie
Ecclestone, CEO of Formula One. The IOA will be the promoter and the first event will be held in 2009," reports Reuters. "Once we move ahead and put all aspects in place, a regular contract would be signed," Kalmadi added.

India has been campaigning for a spot on the Formula 1 calendar for some years now, with Hyderabad first mooted some years ago. The new bid however will see the race be held on a newly build circuit in New Delhi.

"We are planning to hold the race around New Delhi and we are looking to identify suitable land for a track."



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