(ATR) Qatar will bid to host the Summer Olympic Games. It’s apparently just a question of when.
Qatar building boom for 2022 World Cup (Getty)
Thani Al-Kuwari, a senior member of Qatar’s Olympic committee, tells AFP that the oil-rich Gulf country will undoubtably bid, with the 2028 games a possibility.
Qatar is currently already hosting the 2019 World Athletics Championships, the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the 2023 FINA world swimming championships. Facilities built for those events could easily be used for an Olympics.
Besides the facilities, Qatar is also undergoing a massive building program to improve infrastructure and transportation ahead of the World Cup.
But like the World Cup, the biggest issue to a Qatari bid for hosting a Summer Olympics is the country’s climate, which sees temperatures reach 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) during the summer.
Utah Lawmaker Wants Another Winter Olympics
If one Utah lawmaker gets his wish, there will be another Winter Olympics in his state.
Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams, a Republican, introduced a resolution Wednesday saying "Utah will stand 'ready, willing and able' to welcome the world back." reports KSL.com.
The resolution is nonbinding.
Salt Lake City bucked a trend by making money when it hosted the Games in 2002. The city wanted to bid on the 2022 Games but USOC decided not to field a candidate and chose to pursue the 2024 Summer Games instead.
Cash Infusion for Budapest 2024 Bid
The city of Budapest and the Hungarian Olympic Committee are investing an additional HUF 250 million ($911,578) in a non-profit organization to help land the 2024 Summer Olympics, according to Hungarian media.
Only last month, the Budapest 2024 Olympic bid committee was formed with Pal Schmitt, former President of Hungary, an Olympic champion and an IOC member, named as chair.
Written by Gerard Farek
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