By Joana Arries-Tagoe
Despite questions questions about hike in temperatures Qatar has confirmed its intention of hosting the 2032 Olympic Games.
Countries with track record such as Australia [Queensland], China [Shanghai], India, a joint bid between South and North Korea have all expressed their interest in hosting the summer 2032 games but Qatar said in a statement to the International Olympic Committee [IOC] in Lausanne this morning that their ready to join the queue.
“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,” Qatar Olympic Committee president Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani told AFP in a statement.
“Qatar has earned the reputation of a world-class destination for major sporting events,” added Sheikh Joaan, brother of Qatar’s ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the 2024 Olympic Games will be staged in Paris, France.
Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the outcome of the tournament could be the springboard on which the Gulf nation would be judged.