Qatar returns to the Olympic Games bid race for 2032
Qatar today announced its intention to bid to host a summer Olympic Games from 2032 at the earliest, following a string of failed attempts.
The Qatar Olympic Committee said today in a statement it had "formally submitted to the International Olympic Committee its request to join the non-committal, continuous dialogue to host a future edition of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as early as 2032."
Under changes put forward in 2014, interested countries submit a request to join the non-committal continuous dialogue.
The Australian state of Queensland appears the most advanced with its 2032 Olympics plans, but India, Indonesia, Shanghai in China and a potential joint proposal between South and North Korea are all possibilities.
Doha, Qatar’s capital, bid unsuccessfully for both the 2016 and 2020 editions, failing to be shortlisted on both occasions. However, since then Qatar has bid successfully to host several major sporting events, including the World Athletics Championships in 2019 and swimming’s FINA World Championships in 2023, and will stage the 2022 Fifa World Cup.
A Qatar Olympics bid will once again have to overcome issues related to the climate and while the IOC has become more flexible in its organising of the games, commercial matters will likely impact Doha's plans.Ahead of the 2020 bid phase, the IOC executive board accepted the QOC's request to stage the games in the autumn (later defined as October 2 to 18) if the city was successful.
The IOC said at the time that it would not consider staging the games in Doha in the traditional July 15 to August 31 slot because of the danger to athletes posed by the extreme heat in the country at that time of year. Summer temperatures can be as high as 50 degrees Celsius.
Although the Qatar 2020 bid claimed during the bid phase that none of the core sports involved in the games had opposed its decision to stage the event in early October, feedback from Olympic Broadcasting Services, the Olympic Games host broadcaster, and the IOC’s own International Television and Marketing Services, later indicated that games held in the IOC’s preferred period of July and August “provide broadcasters with a ‘guarantee’ that they will be prime-time market leaders with Olympic broadcast.
The IOC 2020 Olympic Games working report warned: "In October, broadcasters would face lower viewership/ratings levels on a global level when having to compete with other major sports events or general entertainment/TV programming priorities for the autumn season. Significantly less Olympic broadcast would also result in lower exposure and impact commercial opportunities. A reduced level of games exposure would particularly affect some sports and disciplines.
"In July/August, people have more leisure/vacation time. There is therefore a risk that an October games would become a ‘weekend Olympic Games’ and, with a reduced demographic reach, broadcasters would have difficulties in attracting the same audience levels in terms of working people and youth."