Qatar sets cap at 2020

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On 26 August 2011, Qatar Olympic Committee [QOC] president H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al–Thani officially launched Doha's bid for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, joining Baku, Rome, Madrid, Tokyo and Istanbul.

Following confirmation received from the International Olympic Committee [IOC], regarding 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 Dohas 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 instil 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 realising 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 know that it is imperative that we guarantee ideal conditions for athletes, support staff, technicians and spectators, and ensure events are scheduled appropriately for all stakeholders and that is what we will do. 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 20 September and 20 October. 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. Nasser Al Attiyah, an Olympic sportsman, currently preparing for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: Dohas bid for the 2020 Games is designed to inspire hope in a new and youthful Middle East, offer the entire region a chance to connect with the positive values of Olympism and greatly contribute to the promotion of the Olympic Movement throughout the region and around the world. We can bring the worlds greatest sporting event to new audiences and highlight how the spirit of human dignity and peace can be fostered through sport, helping to build bridges of understanding between different cultures, communities and nations. As a young boy, I watched the Games through a television screen, today I have the opportunity to actively represent my country in the Olympic Games and for me to welcome my fellow athletes and IOC Family as host to the Games would be a dream come true. NOCs have until 1 September 2011 to submit bids. The host city will be elected in Buenos Aires on 7 September 2013 at the 125th IOC Session. Qatar is already set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in a first for the Middle East region.

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