Dubai and Doha ready to host Olympics says council president
In the Middle East we trust
Yesterday, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who heads the powerful Association of National Olympic Committees, stated that a successful bid would be well received in a region where sport is helping bring about change.
However, he also recognised that if Doha and Dubai were to run as an Olympic host it would also bring an array of protests from other parts of the world – similar to when FIFA's decided to award Qatar hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup. Qatar’s capital Doha bid for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics but never made the shortlist, and Dubai was reportedly on the verge of a bid for 2016, but it failed to materialise.
The Middle East and Asia is now being seen as one of the main sporting domains of the world, especially after awarding the 2018 winter Games to South Korea’s Pyeongchang and the 2020 Summer Olympics to Tokyo.
“We are capable in many cities in the Middle East to host an Olympics – Dubai is ready, Doha is ready," said Sheikh Ahmad. "I know that not every city can host the Olympics. Only the main ones, and even they are always faced with difficulties. We can see this with Rio, even until now there are problems."