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Qatar says will not give up on Olympic dream

Gulf state failed to make cut to host 2016, 2020 events, but still has eye on future games

Qatar says will not give up on Olympic dream
(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Qatar will not give up on its bid to host the Olympic Games, the head of the Gulf state’s Olympic Committee has said.

Doha failed to make the cut for the 2016 and 2020 games, but organisers said they would take on board comments from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made regarding previous bids.

“The good thing is that you learn from your mistakes until you reach your goals,” Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, told insidethegames.

“We have learned from the IOC report and we know the areas we need to cover better. We know what happened with 2020.

“After 2016 we knew we needed to work more closely with the international federations and we did. We will not give up,” he added.

The tiny gas-rich Gulf state hopes to become a sports hub for the Middle East and North Africa and is investing billions of dollars in building its infrastructure to compete on a global level.

Qatar had proposed holding the 2020 Olympics in October to avoid the soaring summer temperatures but failed to make the shortlist. Officials have said the Gulf state will bid to host the 2024 summer Olympics.

“We had a target to win the World Cup - and we had it,” said Sheikh Saoud. “The Olympics is not a dream we should no longer have."

“We will reach that target one day… Pyeongchang [in South Korea] tried three times [for the Winter Games] and they won against Munich,” he added.

Doha will play host to a string of events over the next few years including the 2020 World Cup and the 2014 world short-course swimming championships. The country is also on course to add the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road World Championships in 2016 to its list of events, local media reported this week.

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Qatar resident 8 years ago

Holding the Olympics in Qatar is not possible, even in 10-15 years time, simply because the country lacks the infrastructure needed to hold an event like this. Money does not buy you major sporting events like the Olympics. Keep dreaming Qatar.

Qatari Citizen 8 years ago

But it buys us infrastructure needed to hold such an event. I hope when we hold the Olympics haters like you are out of the country by then.

Shahid yaqoob 8 years ago

Salaam nothing is impossible a combination belief and the resources to make this happen inshala will make this reality not a dream!

Qatar resident 8 years ago

Qatar Citizen - For your information, I am not a hater but a realist. We have to be realistic about it, just look at the infrastructure of the cities where the games have been held in the past i.e. Barcelona, Los Angeles, Beijing, Sydney, London and the list goes on and compare it with that of Doha. There is no comparison.

Don't get me wrong, I would love to see the games held in Qatar but I can't see it happening for a very long time and by then I will be out of the country as I will be too old.

mohd 8 years ago

ridiculous! The entire event would have to be indoors...

Grant Holt 8 years ago

In Qatars defence, will they not have most of the infrastructure after the World Cup?

If the World Cup is a sucess, I can see no reason why Qatar cant hold the Olympics. Obviously have to move them to later in the year, but that shouldnt be an issue, unlike with professional football.

procan 8 years ago

I agree being realistic is key . Moving Olympics to October would be a major problem in North America .World Series Baseball, NFL Football , CFL football , NHL hockey are all in full swing theses are massive nightly , weekly professional sporting events . As it is Professional Hockey players in the NHL do not want to attend the Russian Winter Olympics .All this is a moot point if one feels the North American Market is not a factor. I think Qatar should try to do the whole event indoors. Oh one other thing our kids are in school most adults working holidays over and do not forget Halloween :)

yum 8 years ago


Qatari Citizen 8 years ago

Look at the progress of development in the past years. Qatar will continue to prove the world wrong and it will develop in faster rates. Google "Qatar 2030" and have a look at the national vision.

And as for the weather, Qatar belongs to this world it has as much right as other countries to hold such an event. If we broke any law then please enlighten me.

Red Snappa 8 years ago

Money doesn't buy you major sporting events?!?! Really - what about the world cup!!!

Money shouldn't buy you these things but you wait and see!!

Alot will depend on the political stability of the region. If things remain volatile and unstable, then this may dissuade the event organisers.