Qatar is going to make another attempt to win the Olympics. The Gulf State Olympic Committee has made a formal request to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to enter into the discussion.
Qatar does not aim for a specific year, but has made it known to the IOC that it would like to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games “in the long term”.
The IOC has already designated host countries for the Games up to and including 2028. The Summer Games of 2032 are the first to “be open”. Qatar, which has hosted numerous major sports tournaments in recent years and will host the World Cup in 2022, would like to serve as a host country from then on.
The largest sporting event in the world has never been held in the Middle East. Qatar previously made attempts to bring in the 2016 and 2020 Games, but without success.
“Sport has played a crucial role in the development of our country for years,” said Sheik Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the chairman of the national committee.
“Qatar has become known as a venue for major sports tournaments in various disciplines, such as athletics, cycling, gymnastics, football, tennis and volleyball. Our relentless pursuit of using sport as a means of promoting peace and cultural exchange is the basis for our discussions with the IOC.”
Qatar has formally reported to the IOC to enter into talks. Before the Games of 2032, the Australian state of Queensland, Indonesia and India and the neighbouring countries of North and South Korea previously expressed their interest.
Next year will be the postponed Tokyo Games, 2024 will be Paris, and four years later Los Angeles will host the world’s largest sporting event.