Last weekend, the Heir Apparent, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani led a high level delegation to Moscow, Russia presenting Doha’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).
So who is in the delegation team? HH Sheikha al Mayassa bin Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairman of Doha 2020, HH Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee and Vice Chairman of Doha 2020, Noora Al Mannai, Chief Executive of Doha 2020, Mohammed Sulaiman, the first Qatari to win an Olympic medal in Barcelona in 1992 and Nada Mohammed Wafa Arakji who will represent Qatar swimming at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (below).
What was said? ‘You could say, we have finally taken the heat out of Doha’s so called ‘hot issue,” said HH, the Heir Apparent, referring to the problem of the summer heat in Doha, which can rise up to 50° C. If Doha wins the bid, it will host the Olympic Games from 2nd to 18th of October and the Paralympic Games from 4th to 15th of November.
Noor al Mannai said that ‘Qatar has put in place a Sports Master Plan which is the basis of Doha’s bid and means that 91% of our Games sports venues are already built or planned and budgeted for.’ As Doha is hosting FIFA World Cup 2022, it will already have many of the structures in place that the Olympics will require.
So how will the bid change things? The delegation insists that the bid will inspire young people in the Gulf. The bid is proposing the region’s first high performance training centre for female athletes. ‘I believe the prospect of the Olympic and Paralympic Games coming to Doha would inspire change and give so many more people a chance to experience the power of the Games. To be inspired to become the best they can be,’ said Nada Mohammed Wafa Arakji.