Doha, Qatar: The Qatar Olympic Committee President, H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, officially launched Doha’s bid for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games on Friday. Following confirmation received from IOC President Jacques Rogge regarding the flexibility on the dates for the 2020 Games, H.H. Sheikh Tamim said: “In light of the decision of President Rogge and the IOC Executive Board, I am delighted to formally announce Doha’s bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.
“It is fitting that the dream of hosting the Games should come to the Middle East at this time; our bid can inspire peace and is a priority for our youthful region. “Sport and Olympism together instill self-discipline, teamwork, drive and help teach all of us the means of achieving our personal goals.
To simply have a chance to enter the bidding process is a step closer to realizing something very special for our nation, our region and the Olympic Movement.” H.H. Sheikh Tamim added: “I wish to personally thank Jacques Rogge and the IOC for guiding us through and supporting the QOC in entering the bidding race without the disadvantage of dates.
“I look forward to working closely with the IOC and the wider Olympic Family hopefully all the way through to the IOC Session in Buenos Aires in September 2013 for what could be an historic moment for the Olympic Movement and the Middle East.”
H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Secretary General of QOC, said: “We appreciate the understanding shown by the IOC and we have listened and learned from our 2016 attempt to bid for the Games.
“We have also consulted all of the current Olympic sport International Federations and are pleased to have received a very favourable response to our proposed dates. This has been a fruitful journey, and we are pleased that the IOC has granted us permission to propose hosting the Games between September 20 and October 20.
“We know that it is imperative that we guarantee ideal conditions for athletes, technicians and spectators, and ensure events are scheduled appropriately for broadcasters and that is what we will do.”
Sheikh Saoud added: “Doha already has the experience of hosting many international sporting competitions, and we are fully committed to continuing our extensive investment in sport and sporting infrastructure.
“We have the passion, desire and the commitment to host an Olympic and Paralympic Games that the whole world will be proud of. We would ensure that a Games in Doha will be a fitting tribute to the work of the Olympic Movement to help create a better world through the power of sport.”