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Dates revealed for Doha 2020 Olympics bid

Bid team says Games would be held from Oct 2-18 to avoid searing summer temperatures

Dates revealed for Doha 2020 Olympics bid

The Olympic Games would be held from October 2-18 to avoid searing summer temperatures, the Doha 2020 bid team said on Monday.

Leaders of Doha's bid for the 2020 Olympics said the Paralympics would be held from November 4-15.

The dates were disclosed as organisers released details of the bid file that was submitted last week to the International Olympic Committee, Associated Press reported.

A statement from organisers says the October dates would "ensure ideal conditions" for athletes and spectators.

Doha is competing against Madrid, Tokyo, Istanbul and Baku, Azerbaijan.

Separately, Qatar said it will send women athletes to the Olympics for the first time at the London Games.

Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, the general secretary of the Qatar Olympic Committee, said the IOC has offered Qatar wild card invitations for two female athletes to compete in London - swimmer Nada Arkaji and sprinter Noor al-Malki.

Al Thani says the number of female entrants from Qatar could rise to four.

Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Brunei have never previously sent women athletes to an Olympics.

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Jon 7 years ago

Is this a subtle acknowledgement that the timing of the world cup two years later will not be ideal?

procan 7 years ago

I hope not Jon, that would not be good for Canadians or Americans, a very bad time. It is the start of the NHL hockey season and here all eyes are on Hockey without a doubt. It is my understanding that air con will be provided in the new stadiums that are to to constructed in order to maintain traditional time slots.I know we a small population but with NHL ,and NFL in the USA it would kill Broadcast revenue at least in North America.