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Doha 2030: Towards a brighter future for Asian Sport

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Doha 2030 President Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al-Thani (PRNewsfoto/Doha 2030)

If the 2006 Asian Games in Doha were the “Games of your Life” and put Qatar in the global limelight like no other event had done in the past, the 2030 edition of the event would be “Your Gateway to a Brighter Future for Asian Sport.”
The Qatar Olympic Committee headed by HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani couldn’t have put it much better as Doha competes with Riyadh to host the continental multi-sport gala. The Olympic Council of Asia will decide the venue next month.
Doha 2030 will draw from its extensive experience in hosting major international multi-sport events, and make full use of its iconic venues and training facilities, to ensure that sport is front and centre of the Games experience. All of Doha’s competition and non-competition venues are centrally located within a compact Games footprint to minimise travel time and maximise convenience.
Doha 2030 guarantees multiple clusters of competition venues to streamline operations and enhance the sports experience for athletes, the OCA Family and spectators. In addition, all of Doha’s famous existing venues together ensure a Gateway to Certainty, standing ready to welcome Asia’s, and some of the world’s, finest athletes.
Doha 2030 and QOC President HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani said: “Doha truly is a city that is Games-ready, right now; as are our modern, world-class venues and sophisticated transport system. Already, they represent Asia’s legacy from 2006. But with Doha 2030 we want to build on this and provide a gateway to certainty and an enduring legacy for Asia.
“We will work with the OCA and Asia’s NOCs to ensure that the next ten years focus on Asian sport and its development. And we can do this because we are ready now, ready to inspire hope through sport and be complementing Doha’s existing venues is a hyper-efficient and effective transportation network that will service the venues and Athletes Village.
“An integrated system of roads, light rail, buses and metro that has already facilitated the journeys of large crowds from the Doha 2006 Asian Games through to multiple World Cups and World Championships. And through this existing network, the average travel time from the Athletes Village to all venues is just 20 minutes, ensuring a convenient and cost-effective solution for all.
“Doha’s transportation network also connects to its plethora of top-quality hotels which are famed for Qatar’s world-renowned hospitality. And like the venues and transportation system, all of these hotels already adorn Doha’s streets within a convenient compact footprint, ensuring a wonderful accommodation experience for all. Doha is ready to be ‘Your Gateway to a Safe, Convenient and Memorable Stay at the 2030 Asian Games.”
Doha 2030 is a national priority for Qatar and has the support of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. The Bid Committee has drawn from Doha’s extensive experience in hosting sports events and leveraged its wealth of existing state-of-the-art venues and infrastructure to develop its world-leading plan. With all permanent sports venues in place or already planned, Doha 2030 is able to focus on delivering a Games that brings benefits to all of Asia before and after 2030.
While submitting Qatar’s Candidate City file, HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani said: “We are honoured to submit our candidature file to the OCA and present how Doha is ready to serve the OCA and Asia through the delivery of a world-class, sustainable Games.

“But we also feel strongly that the Asian Games is about more than elite sport. We are committed to ensuring that Doha 2030 is a gateway to a brighter future for Asia. We want to deliver a Games that supports development throughout the continent before and after it is hosted.
“At the heart of our bid is the belief that now more than ever, sport can play an important role in inspiring hope, connecting nations and celebrating our peaceful diversity.”
Doha 2030 proposes a compact, sustainable Games, with athletes’ experience placed at its very core. Travel times between venues and the athletes’ village have been minimised and athletes would be located in the heart of the vibrant, diverse and welcoming city.”
Doha 2030 CEO and QOC Secretary-General Jassim Rashid al-Buenain added: “With all our sports venues and infrastructure already planned or in place, Doha 2030 represents certainty at a time of great uncertainty for Asia and the world. We believe that now is a time when low-risk, responsible and sustainable solutions are what is needed.
“Doha 2030 is promising a Games which is low-cost but of the very highest quality. In the last 15 years alone, Qatar has hosted more than 500 major international sports events, conferences and training camps. We have proven ourselves as a reliable partner to OCA, Asian NOCs and many International and Asian Federations (IFs and AFs).
“We have developed the knowledge and experience to know what athletes need to compete at their very best. We are ready to work with our colleagues and partners in Asia once again to ensure that Doha 2030 is a gateway to excellence.”

 

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