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Qatar to submit Olympics 2020 bid next February

Doha bid committee officials attend IOC seminar to guide on next stage of process

Qatar to submit Olympics 2020 bid next February
VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 19: The Olympic rings are seen in Vancouver harbour during the early morning on day 8 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on February 19, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Qatar has been asked to submit its official application and supporting documents for the right to host the 2020 Olympic Games on February 15 next year.

Representives from Doha's bid committee attended the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s 2020 Applicant City Seminar in Lausanne which wrapped up on Friday.

Delegates from the six cities in contention - Baku (Azerbaijan), Doha (Qatar), Istanbul (Turkey), Madrid (Spain), Rome (Italy) and Tokyo (Japan) - took part in the two-day meeting, which was led by Olympic Games executive director Gilbert Felli and head of bid city relations Jacqueline Barrett.

The seminar takes the delegates through the bidding process and provides "a comprehensive introduction to the complexity, scope and scale of hosting an Olympic Games", the IOC said in a statement.

It added that the bid committees will apply what they have learnt from the seminar to their respective bids, with their application and guarantee letters due by February 15 2012.

The Qatar Olympic Committee launched its bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games in September after being told it would be able to hold the event in the autumn.

Officials are looking to put on the event between September 20 and October 20.

The host city of the 2020 Games will be chosen at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 7 2013.

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