Nov 16, 2012, 10:19 AM EDT
You just can’t keep a good country down. Qatar Olympic officials, who failed to secure Olympic bids in 2016 and 2020, said they won’t give up in their pursuit of hosting the first Middle East Games.
General secretary Saoud bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said at the Aspire4Sport business conference that he believes the next bid will be even stronger because of what they’ve learned from past hosts.
“We have watched countries build large venues and struggle later with what to do with them,” al-Thani said. “Our team has worked backwards, thinking first about how these venues can be of use in the future before planning their use during major events.”
The real problem: Doha has average summer temperatures north of 105 degrees and doesn’t start to cool off until November, meaning they might need to hold the event as close as possible to winter.
Not unprecedented, since the Sydney and Seoul Games were moved to late September, but going all the way into the fall could pose rating problems with the Olympics going up against the NFL, NBA, and NHL.
Doha, which is roughly the size of Connecticut and has only 1.7 million people, has already secured the 2022 World Cup, so they’ll be able to prove to the world they can run a major sporting event in due time. But they’d like to secure the Games sooner than later as it aims to be the Middle Eastern sports hub.
- Aries Merritt wins bronze before kidney transplant; incredible Worlds performances 0
- Usain Bolt may retire after Rio Olympics 0
- Usain Bolt crushes Justin Gatlin in World Championships 200m 3
- Allyson Felix wins 400m, breaks U.S. record for Worlds medals; Rio preview? 1
- Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin’s first race together from 2005 (video) 0
- Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid logo, renderings released 0
- Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin set up duel; South African stretchered off after 400m gold 0
- Emotional Bode Miller medals in race that mattered most (63)
- Russian women kissing after relay victory at World Championships causes stir (60)
- IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics (47)
- South Korea filing official complaint over Yuna Kim’s Olympic silver (39)
- Zola Budd, 47, dominates college runners in 5K (33)