POSTED: February 22nd 2012

Doha 2020: Hosting the Games will pave the way for the FIFA World Cup

The Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and FIFA president Sepp Blatter at the announcement for Qatar 2022 / FIFA
The Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and FIFA president Sepp Blatter at the announcement for Qatar 2022 / FIFA

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

DOHA/TAMPA: The Doha 2020 bid team thinks that the fact that they are looking to bring the Olympics to the area two years prior to hosting the FIFA World Cup is actually a big plus.

Certainly it will pave the way for the Cup organization with the city having staged an even larger event two years earlier should Doha get the Olympic rings.

Deputy bid ceo, Fahad Juma, commented, “No I don’t think it is a problem the two events complement each other, we are actually in a great synergy with the existing plans that are in place for hosting 2022. Plus it is not the first time it happened it took place with previous countries before like Brazil 2014 and Rio 2016 as well as in America.

“I see it as an advantage of having two events will help the shared infrastructure that we will have for 2022 and the legacy we will have from 2022 complements the Games’ organization.

Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Doha 2020 vice-chairman, said, “In addition the opening and closing ceremonies will take place at the World Cup opening and closing ceremonies stadium so this is one of the legacies that we are using for both events.

Speaking with Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, he too was very excited and enthused at the idea of possibly hosting the Olympics in Doha and what it would mean for the cup two years later. There was much enthusiasm on his part to strive towards the same goal.

Should Doha get the Olympic rings this will mark two firsts for the Middle East with the Games then the World Cup.

Keywords · Doha 2020 · FIFA World Cup 2022 · Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani · Fahad Juma · Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani · Sepp Blatter

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