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IOC President expects Qatar to bid for future Olympic Games

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach also met with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

IOC President expects Qatar to bid for future Olympic Games
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach. (Getty Images)

The International Olympic Committee president has said he expects Qatar to be candidate for a hosting a future Olympic Games.

Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup, has previously bid to become a candidate for the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games but failed to make the shortlist on both occasions.

Speaking during a visit to Doha’s Aspire Academy, Thomas Bach said he believes the country will be in the running to host the Games in the future.

"This is up to Qatar to be a candidate for the Olympic Games," Bach said. "We have now the procedure underway for the next editions of the Olympic Games.

"But, one day, I can imagine Qatar will be a candidate for hosting the Olympic Games."

Qatar has hosted a number of global sporting events in recent years, the International Paralympic Committee World Athletics Championships, World Championships in boxing, handball and most recently, the UCI Road World Championships. Doha also hosts one of the IAAF Diamond League meetings each year and will stage the upcoming 2019 World Athletics Championships.

Bach was given a tour around the state-of-the-art Aspire Academy, the high performance sports facility for athletics, swimming and football.

"It is always impressive to see Aspire Academy and I have not been here for two years, but you see further progress," Bach said.

"It is really a benchmark for the world of sport of what is happening here for the training of athletes and also for education and scientific facilities are really remarkable."

 

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