Doha, July 27, 2020-The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) today announced it has formally submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) its request to join the non-committal “Continuous Dialogue" 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 His Excellency Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa 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. Today's announcement marks the beginning of a meaningful dialogue with the IOC's Future Host Commission to explore our interest further and identify how the Olympic Games can support Qatar's long-term development goals.
“For many years, sport has been a major contributor to our nation'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."
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 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.
About Qatar Olympic Committee
The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) is the National Olympic Committee of Qatar and is the overall supervising body for the Olympic movement in Qatar. The QOC was founded on 14th March 1979. It was officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee in 1980, the Olympic Council of Asia in 1981 and the Arab Sports Games Federation in 1982.
The QOC's responsibilities are to encourage sports participation at every level, bring world-class sports events to Qatar, ensure sporting success and promote the Olympic values.
The QOC strives to use innovation to advance sports development. Many of its programs, initiatives and events are the first of their kind in the Middle East. These include National Sport Day, the Qatar Olympic Academy, the Qatar Women's Sports Committee, the Schools Olympic Program, and the Qatar Athlete Development Pathway.
The QOC works closely with its 23 National Federations to provide support to athletes, coaches and officials at every level of the sporting pathway, as well as in the bidding for and organisation of world-class sports events. It aims to use its hosting of world-class sports events to inspire and engage young people through sport, raise awareness about the importance of sport in everyday life, increase tourism, business and employment opportunities, and forge global friendships.