Qatar has confirmed an interest in bidding to host the 2032 Olympic Games, joining a race that potentially includes India, the Australian state of Queensland, Shanghai, and a joint bid by North and South Korea.
Earlier the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra had said the country is “serious” about bidding for the 2032 Summer Olympics and the 2026 Youth Olympic Games. India announced in 2018 that it would submit expressions of interest for a series of sporting events. This included the 2026 Summer Youth Olympic Games, and the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
2032 Olympics Bid : Qatar, India interested parties along with others
Meanwhile, Qatar has also written to the International Olympic Committee to be part of a phase of “continuous dialogue” about hosting a future Games, an early step towards a bid. Qatar previously bid to host the 2016 and 2020 Olympics. If it won it would be the first Middle Eastern nation to host the Games.
“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.”
He added: “For many years, sport has been a major contributor to our nation’s development. From athletics to cycling, gymnastics to football, tennis to volleyball, Qatar has earned the reputation of a world-class destination for major sporting events.
“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 has made heavy investments in sport in recent decades, including in sports infrastructure and hosting major events, most notably the FIFA World Cup in 2022. This has been part of wider investment to develop the country, diversify its economy and improve its standing on the global stage, under its National Vision 2030 plan.
IOC president Thomas Bach told Qatar-based broadcaster beIN Sports: “We in the International Olympic Committee are happy with the huge interest in the 2032 Summer Olympics, 12 years before the launch of the games. We are in a great position…
“We made sure that our new approach to this kind of intentions works well. We launched a dialogue between the interested national Olympic committees and a special commission in the IOC. Naturally, we welcome Qatar to join this dialogue.”
2032 Olympics Bid : IOA had officially submitted a letter of intent in 2018 to IOC
The IOA officially submitted a letter of interest to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of its intention to bid for the 2032 Olympics in December 2018. IOA President Batra has claimed the organisation has begun preparing documentation around potential bids for the 2026 Summer Youth Olympics and 2032 Olympic Games.
He said the process has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic but will likely resume in December.
“We are serious and definitely pitching for the 2026 Youth Olympic Games and the 2032 Olympics,” Batra, an IOC member who is the President of the International Hockey Federation, told Agence France-Presse.
“Now there is a team that visits the various venues and you keep talking to them and then they submit a report.
“It is a continuous process which I believe will see no activity until December.
“This is not the time to talk with business houses or Government about pitching for the Olympics.
“The first thing should be how we sort out this problem which has come into the world.”
Indian IOC member Nita Ambani declared recently in Reliance AGM that it her dream to bring Olympic Games to India.