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Qatar officially submits Doha 2030 Asian Games proposal


The Doha 2030 Asian Games Bid Committee officially submitted its file to the Olympic Council of Asia, Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani said on Sunday.

Qatar has officially submitted its candidature file to host the Doha 2030 Asian Games, authorities confirmed on Sunday.

The Doha 2030 Asian Games Bid Committee presented the proposal to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), outlining plans for what Qatar hopes to be yet another major sustainable tournament in the Gulf state.

Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, the president of the Qatar Olympics Committee, made the announcement in a tweet on Sunday.

“We are honoured to submit our candidature file to the OCA and present how Doha is ready to serve the OCA and Asia through the delivery of a world-class, sustainable Games,” Sheikh Joaan said

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“But we also feel strongly that the Asian Games is about more than elite sport. We are committed to ensuring that Doha 2030 is a gateway to a brighter future for Asia. We want to deliver a games that supports development throughout the continent before and after it is hosted,” the Qatari royal added.

“At the heart of our bid is the belief that now more than ever, sport can play an important role in inspiring hope, connecting nations and celebrating our peaceful diversity.”
In the last 15 years, Qatar has hosted more than 500 major international sports events, conferences and training camps — including the 15th edition of the Asian Games in 2006.
Doha 2030 CEO and QOC Secretary-General Jassim Rashid Al Buenain said with all sports venues and infrastructure already planned or in place, the 2030 games “represents certainty at a time of great uncertainty for Asia and the world.”

“We believe that now is a time when low-risk, responsible and sustainable solutions are what is needed,” the official said.

“Doha 2030 is promising a Games which is low-cost but of the very highest quality. In the last 15 years alone, Qatar has hosted more than 500 major international sports events, conferences and training camps.

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“We have proven ourselves as a reliable partner to OCA, Asian NOCs and many International and Asian Federations (IFs and AFs). We have developed the knowledge and experience to know what athletes need to compete at their very best. We are ready to work with our colleagues and partners in Asia once again to ensure that Doha 2030 is a gateway to excellence,” he said.

Last month, Qatar’s “Your Gateway” slogan, along with the new Doha 2030 Asian Games logo, was projected onto the iconic Qatar National Museum, as part of the Gulf state’s second bid to host the games following on from the successful 2006 tournament in Doha.
Qatar entered the bid earlier this year in April, along with Saudi Arabia — which imposed a land, air and sea on the country in 2017. The decision on where the Asian Games will be held is expected to be announced at the Olympic Council of Asia General Assembly meeting on November 29.

“An Asian Games in Doha in 2030 would have all these great qualities and more. Athletes would benefit from the experience Qatar has got from hosting hundreds of world-class sports events,” Nasser Al-Attiyah, Olympic and Asian Games gold medallist said in September.

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