POSTED: August 26th 2011

Doha launches 2020 Olympics campaign for Middle East Games

H.H Sheikh Tamim with Nasser Al Attiyah attending the Beijing Olympic Games 2008 / Qatar NOC
H.H Sheikh Tamim with Nasser Al Attiyah attending the Beijing Olympic Games 2008 / Qatar NOC

LAURA WALDEN in DAEGU / Sports Features Communications

DAEGU: The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) has announced today that they will join the bid campaign to host the summer Games in 2020 offering the chance of the first time for the Olympics to go to the Middle East. After winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup the Gulf nation is now looking to bring the biggest sporting event on the planet to the region.

Following a two hour debate yesterday by the International Olympic Committee executive board, the QOC received a green light to propose a change in dates and offer to host the Games at the end of September into October due to extreme heat conditions in the usual time frame of July – August.

H. H. Sheikh Tamim, said, “In light of the decision of President Rogge and the IOC Executive Board, I am delighted to formally announce Doha’s bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.

“It is fitting that the dream of hosting the Games should come to the Middle East at this time; our bid can inspire peace and is a priority for our youthful region.  Sport and Olympism together instil self-discipline, teamwork, drive and help teach all of us the means of achieving our personal goals. 

“To simply have a chance to enter the bidding process is a step closer to realizing something very special for our nation, our region and the Olympic Movement.” 

He added, “I wish to personally thank Jacques Rogge and the IOC for guiding us through and supporting the QOC in entering the bidding race without the disadvantage of dates.

“ I look forward to working closely with the IOC and the wider Olympic Family hopefully all the way through to the IOC Session in Buenos Aires in September 2013 for what could be an historic moment for the Olympic Movement and the Middle East.”

QOC Secretary General,  H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Secretary General of QOC, said, “We appreciate the understanding shown by the IOC and we have listened and learned from our 2016 attempt to bid for the Games. We know that it is imperative that we guarantee ideal conditions for athletes, support staff, technicians and spectators, and ensure events are scheduled appropriately for all stakeholders and that is what we will do. 

“We have also consulted all of the current Olympic sport International Federations and are pleased to have received a very favourable response to our proposed dates.  This has been a fruitful journey, and we are pleased that the IOC has granted us permission to propose hosting the Games between September 20th and October 20th.”

Sheikh Saoud added: “Doha already has the experience of hosting many international sporting competitions, and we are fully committed to continuing our extensive investment in sport and sporting infrastructure.

"We have the passion, desire and the commitment to host an Olympic and Paralympic Games that the whole world will be proud of.

"We would ensure that a Games in Doha will be a fitting tribute to the work of the Olympic Movement to help create a better world through the power of sport.”

Doha will be competing against Rome, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo to host the 2020 summer Games. The decision will be taken in 2013 at the IOC session to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Keywords · Doha · 2020 Olympics · IOC · Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani

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