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Qatar announces plan to bid for 2032 Olympic Games

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Qatar has expressed its interest in bidding to host the 2032 Olympic Games, in what would be the first time a Middle Eastern country will be seeking to organise the worldā€™s biggest sporting event.

On Monday, the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) announced that it has formally submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) its request to join the non-committal ā€œContinuous Dialogueā€ 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 IOCā€™s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
QOC President HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani said, ā€œNever 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.ā€
ā€œTodayā€™s announcement marks the beginning of a meaningful dialogue with the IOCā€™s Future Host Commission to explore our interest further and identify how the Olympic Games can support Qatarā€™s long-term development goals,ā€ he added.
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 FIFA 2022 World Cup.
Hosting a future edition of the Olympic and Paralympic Games would further accelerate Qatarā€™s human, economic, social, and environmental development.
As part of the IOCā€™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.
Sheikh Joaan further said, ā€œFor many years, sport has been a major contributor to our nationā€™s development. From athletics to cycling, gymnastics to football, tennis to volleyball, Qatar has earned the reputation of a world-class destination for major sporting events. It is this proven track-record and wealth of experience, along with our desire to use sport to promote peace and cultural exchange, that will form the basis of our discussions with the Commission.ā€
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 interest in hosting future Olympic Games.

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