Qatar: Bid for 2028 Olympics under consideration
Qatar is hosting the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) which is in the country to discuss the offerings of the three cites to make the shortlist for the 2024 Games, Los Angeles, Budapest and Paris.
Qatar is showing interest in bidding to host the 2028 Olympics, despite two previous unsuccessful 2016 and 2020 bids.
For the first time, the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) will hold its General Assembly in the Gulf.
This week Qatar will see more than 1,200 delegates arriving in the country to discuss who will host the 2024 Olympics, Doha News reported.
The assembly opens tomorrow, 15 November, at Doha’s Sheraton Grand hotel.
Delegates from the three cites to make the shortlist for the 2024 Games, Los Angeles, Budapest and Paris, will be bidding and discussing their offerings in front of the association, in what will be one of only three chances to do so before a decision is made next year.
While Qatar scrapped plans to try to host the 2024 Summer Olympics after two failed bids, it has however expressed interest in the 2028 tournament.
ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said in a statement this week: “Over the past few years, Doha has showcased its impressive credentials in hosting major sporting events and the Qatari capital offers the perfect environment for the world’s NOCs to unite together in the spirit of sport.”
Qatar’s applications to host the 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympics were unsuccessful in light of the criticism is drew owing to its intense summer heat.
Despite the bid team proposing to move the games to October, during Qatar’s winter, the country still eventually failed to make the short-list of contenders on both counts.
However, with a slew of major international sporting events on its belt, officials believe that the country is better positioned to put in a bid for the 2028 Games and, after hosting the World Cup, will also have a bevvy of stadiums and training facilities ready for reuse.
It is unclear however, how new austerity measures could affect such a decision, given the high cost of hosting such an international event.