Doha bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics


Doha bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics
Bids for the
2020 Summer Olympics

Overview

Logo of the campaign.
2020 Summer Olympics
Details
City Doha, Qatar
Chair Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani
NOC Qatar Olympic Committee (QAT)
Previous games hosted
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Doha 2020 is a bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics launched by the city of Doha and the Qatar Olympic Committee. [1] The IOC will announce the official candidate cities on May 23, 2012. The winning bid will be announced on September 7, 2013 at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires. [2]

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History

On August 7, 2008, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Heir Apparent of Qatar, revealed that the state will bid for the 2020 Games. Sheikh Tamim, who is also the chairman of the Qatar Olympic Committee, said that Qatar was determined to learn from the lessons of its failed 2016 bid, and "bid for hosting the Olympic Games in 2020 as per set measures and standards."[3][4] Doha asked the IOC if they could organize the games in autumn rather than the summer months due to Qatar's extremely hot weather during the summer[5] On 26 August 2011 the IOC and the Qatar bid team held talks about their plan.[6] The IOC gave Doha permission to host the games outside of the traditional timeframe.[7][8] Thus Doha then made their bid offical.[9]

Doha's Olympic bid proposes hosting the games outside of the traditional summer period for the games (July 15-August 31) and opts to host the games between September and October. This would be done to avoid the very hot weather Doha experiences during the summer months. [10] Qatar was awarded the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup on December 2, 2010. Several of the stadiums for the World Cup will be located in Doha. Doha hosted the 2006 Asian Games and hosted multiple matches of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.

Upon being accepted as an Applicant City, the IOC has asked Doha to take several steps to ensure the health of athletes should Doha be selected as host city. The IOC will publish a list of events which must take place in the morning or late afternoon if Doha hosts. This is due to the heat that the city experiences. The IOC has assured that these changes will not negatively effect the organization of the games or the international broadcasts of the games. The IOC also wants to see that Doha has a plan to protect the health of the public who are in attendance and the staff that would help out at the games. [11] IOC President Jacques Rogge said that no outdoor sports would be able to take place between 10AM and 6PM due to the heat. The IOC consulted its own medical experts and International Federations in regard to Qatar's heat. They agreed that outdoor sports would need to take place in the early morning and evening. These events would need to take place before and after this time frame. The IOC is determining to see how logistically possible this is in terms of broadcasting. [12]

On October 1, 2011 it was revealed that Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani will head the Doha 2020 bid committee. He also serves as President of the Qatar Olympic Committee and is an IOC member. [13] Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani will serve as vice presidents of the bid committee. [14]

On October 12, 2011 Doha 2020 appointed Vero Communications and Andrew Craig as the bid's lead advisors. [15]

Fireworks at the 2006 Asian Games

Previous bids

Doha bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics but failed to become a candidate city. The 2016 games were awarded to Rio de Janeiro.

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