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Qatar Announces Plan To Bid For 2032 Olympics

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Frankie Omokhua

Qatar, the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, on Monday announced that it is interested in bidding to stage the Olympics, possibly in 2032.

The Qatar Olympic Committee hinted that it submitted a request to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to join the phase of dialogue about hosting a future Games.

The Oil-rich Gulf Arab nation is increasingly keen to host major sporting events, and has already welcomed world athletics championships, though scorching desert temperatures during parts of the year have caused some anxiety in the sports world.

“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,” Qatar Olympic Committee President, Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani said in a statement.

The Olympics have never been hosted in the Middle East, and Qatar will be the first nation in the region to host soccer’s biggest showpiece.

It has invested billions of dollars in preparing for the 2022 soccer World Cup. However, human rights groups have criticised the treatment of migrant workers.

The Qatari government has said it does not tolerate unscrupulous treatment of workers.

Qatar’s Doha had also unsuccessfully bid for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics.

“The IOC… welcomes the interest recently expressed by Qatar, which is the latest country to enter the new dialogue phase,” the International Olympic Committee said in a statement.

The IOC has changed the bidding process in recent years to reduce costs and make it more attractive to interested cities, which now enter into an initial discussion with the IOC to see whether the Olympics would be a fit for them.

There is no deadline for a decision to be made, though; usually cities are given at least seven years in advance to prepare for hosting the Games.

Some of the countries that have also expressed interest for the 2032 summer Olympics include Indonesia, Australia, India and Germany, among others.

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