The Qatar Olympic Committee announced it has formally submitted to the International Olympic Committee its request to host a future edition of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as early as 2032.

Qatar delivered the request via an official letter to the IOC’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Commenting on the announcement, QOC President HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani said: “Never before has an Olympic Games been held in the Middle East. The Olympic rings are a symbol of peace, unity and hope for people around the world, including the people of our region.

The announcement marks the beginning of a meaningful dialogue with the IOC’s Future Host Commission to explore further interest and identify how the Olympic Games can support Qatar’s long-term development goals.

Over the last decade, Qatar has undergone a rapid transformation as part of National Vision 2030. Qatar has developed state-of-the-art sporting venues and transportation networks as part of its preparations to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Hosting a future edition of the Olympic and Paralympic Games would further accelerate Qatar’s human, economic, social, and environmental development. As part of the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms, the IOC instituted a new approach to hosting future Olympic Games through the establishment of a permanent Future Host Commission.

This approach is based on partnership, flexibility and sustainability, ensuring that future Games will fully align with the long-term development plans of host cities/regions and leave lasting legacies.

These reforms have encouraged the Qatar Olympic Committee to express their interest in hosting future Olympic Games.

Source : Gulf Times

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