Qatar is eager to bring in the Olympics to the Middle East for the first time.
The National Olympic Committee in Qatar took the first step just ahead of a potential bid process, by seeking to join the non-committal dialogue phase with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with the intention to host Olympics and Paralympics in early 2032.
The 2024 and 2028 Olympics were already awarded to Paris and Los Angeles. Generally, the Olympic hosts are chosen seven years in advance by the vote from IOC members, and hence the 2031 race bidding is still in the very early stages.
“The Olympic rings are a symbol of peace, unity and hope for people around the world, including the people of our region. 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’s Olympic committee said in a press release.
In the year 2016 too, Qatar bid for the Olympics with its capital of Doha, but was eliminated ahead of the voting phase.
Recently, Qatar hosted world championship in Swimming (short course 2014), gymnastics (2018) and track and field.
Several other nations, including Australia, Egypt and Korea too have expressed interest in hosting the 2032 Olympics.
FIFA moved the World Cup from its usual June-July slot to November-December 2022 slot due to the fierce summer heat in Qatar.