POSTED: September 2nd 2011

Doha thrilled to bid again for 2020 and first Middle East Games

The Aspire sportscenter will be a focal part of the 2020 bid / SFC images
The Aspire sportscenter will be a focal part of the 2020 bid / SFC images

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/DOHA: Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) general secretary Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman is excited to see Doha back on the International Olympic Committee’s list of applicant cities for the 2020 summer Games.

This time around for the 2020 bid the Qataris have been able to coordinate better with the possibility of moving the Games to a more safer time frame to deal with the intense summer heat in the region. They have proposed to plan their bid within the time frame of 20 September to 20 October and this was approved by the IOC executive board in Daegu last week.

Sheikh Saoud said today in a statement: “Today’s announcement by the IOC that Doha has been officially confirmed as an Applicant City for the 2020 Games is wonderful news for the people of Qatar and the entire Middle East. 

“Our team will be working tirelessly on all aspects of our bid and hosting concept all the way through to the IOC Executive Board meeting in May 2012 when we hope to be confirmed as a 2020 Candidate City and then all the way to the IOC Session in September 2013. 

“We want to build on what we have achieved in sport in recent years as we set out our plans to the Olympic Family.  

“To have the opportunity to host the first ever Games in the Middle East will have a profound impact not just on sports development throughout the region, but also in encouraging a greater bridge between the Middle East and the wider international community. 

“Doha already has significant experience in hosting international events and, of course, that experience will grow further when Doha hosts 8,000 athletes during the Arab Games 2011 this December. 

 “The IOC Executive Board has shown great vision in allowing us to bid to host the Games outside the traditional date window and we will do all we can to show why that was the right decision.”

Doha was in the running for the 2016 Games but was cut from the short list due to concerns by the IOC of the heat for the athletes during the regular summer time frame of July to August.

Since the last bid also the Gulf Nation has landed the 2022 FIFA World Cup and is on a mission to showcase their event hosting capabilities. This time around they have a stronger more compelling story to offer to the Olympic Movement.

Keywords · Qatar · IOC · Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman · 2020 Olympics

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