By Andy Sambidge
Qatar Olympic Committee says still discussing the situation with the country's government
Qatar is still undecided about whether it will bid for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics despite claims by the head of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) that it would.
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah on Wednesday said he had been told they were going to bid but that nothing had been officially announced yet.
But a spokesman for the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) said his claim on the eve of the OCA General Assembly was premature.
"No decision has been made yet," the spokesman told insidethegames.biz, a specialist Olympic Games news website.
"We are still discussing the situation with the QOC and the government," he told the website.
"When we have made up our minds we will make an official announcement," said the QOC spokesman.
It reported that Doha had bid for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics but were cut from the shortlist because their proposed dates were outside the window that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had published.
Qatar is already hosting the 2015 World Handball Championships and the 2022 World Cup and are among the contenders for the 2017 World Athletics Championships.
Cities who have already declared an interest in hosting the 2020 Olympic Games are Madrid and Rome but Istanbul and Tokyo are also expected to enter the race.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Go for it! Nobody thought you guys would win the World Cup bid and you did! Personally I think the UAE needs to put forth a joint Abu Dhabi/Dubai bid.
I think Qatar should prove itself first with the world cup and then its Olympics bid would be so much more credible. A joint UAE/Dubai Olympics bid? OMG just the thought of it! If a one day, single venue horse race is so challenging to organise that even VIP ticklet holders are forced to wait for hours in the sun just to get in, I shudder to think of the chaos a multi sport, multi venue month long sporting event would cause. How many badly organised pop concerts do you need to see to prove that large scale spectator events are not Dubai's forte. Remember New Years Eve this year? Dubai should stick to what it is good at and leave the Olympics alone.
Qatar can host the Olympics because they have the money and the influence in the oil business. We feel that Qatar has to join the Olympic Bidding, to bring more jobs and boost tourism. I feel Qatar needs to develop it's sports arenas and modernize them so that it will house more global athletes and train all Qataris to live a healthier health style because of so many fastfood chains and many processed foods and others that make rich and affluent more into air conditioned malls and eat unhealthy meals. Even before and after the Olympics. With the Olympics Qatar can encourage theme parks like Disneyland, Warner Brothers to invest in a good nation like Qatar, because it will bring job to all locals and expats too. GO Qatar
Ya definitely Qatar can get this by 'any' means as they got FIFA 2022. There was a time when everyone were so confident about the UAE economy and some even said that UAE had lots of money to survive the economic crisis and see what has happened. So dont keep up very high hopes. Since Q2 2011, many big companies in Qatar have retrenched many of their staffs on seeing the revolutions in the other arab countries. Atleast many companies in UAE tried to keep their staff even till the final survival stage but still no one appreciates this. Let us hope that US economy survives the 2nd August 2011 deadline otherwise, back to recession again. I suggest people in the GCC should read the business & financial happenings in the world around otherwise they may dream too much.