POSTED: November 15th 2012

AL THANI: Qatar not giving up on Olympic bidding

The Aspire Dome / Qatar Tourism
The Aspire Dome / Qatar Tourism

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November 15 - Qatar Olympic Committee’s (QOC) secretary general Sheik Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani confirmed today during the Aspire4Sport conference taking place in Doha that they are not giving up on chasing their dreams to host the first Middle East Olympics.

Reuters news reports that the Sheik was very clear on their intentions,  “We will continue on that path and we will continue to bid.

“Every time we bid, we are listening and learning to see how we can make our bid stronger.

“Our 2020 bid was stronger than our 2016 bid because the IOC (International Olympic Committee) executive board accepted our plan to host the Games in the October window, which didn’t happen the first time.”

Qatar is set to host the FIFA 2022 World Cup in a number of high tech air-conditioned stadiums to lower the heat factor during competitions.

Sheik Saoud added that he thinks that the bid is growing stronger with each experience that they have gained from bidding and 2016 and 2020. Doha was shortlisted from both bid cycles and fell out of the races.

He also confirmed that special studies have been carried out for post event use of the venues in order to ensure that there are no “white elephants”.

It is not certain which next bid phase they will come back for but it likely could be 2014 which will be decided in 2017.

Rome Italy also was in the 2020 bid race but fell out after the government would not offer guarantees for the bid due to the country’s financial crisis. And Rome Mayor Alemanno has also just spoken in the press that they plan to try again.

Keywords · Qatar · Doha · Olympic bidding · Saoud Al Thani · 2024 Olympics

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