Doha plans bid for 2024 Olympics

AFP-JIJI

Doha will make a fresh bid to bring the Summer Olympics to the Middle East for the first time in 2024, having missed out on the 2020 Games.

Oil-rich Qatar, named as surprise host for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, failed to make the short-list for the 2020 Games, leaving Madrid, Tokyo and Istanbul in the running as the final candidates.

But that has not deterred the country’s leaders, with Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, general secretary of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), announcing on Thursday the results of the Qatar Sports Venue Master Plan.