Qatar is Cut From List Of Candidates To Host 2020 Olympics

Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid will compete to host the 2020 Olympic Games after the International Olympic Committee cut Doha and Baku, Azerbaijan, from the list of applicants.

The shortlist was announced today at the IOC’s executive board meeting in Quebec City following a technical assessment of the five cities, the IOC said in a statement. The winner will be elected Sept. 7, 2013, in Buenos Aires.

Doha, the capital of Qatar, and Baku were rejected for a second straight time after failing to make the final list for the 2016 Olympics, which were awarded to Rio de Janeiro. Qatar in 2010 won the bidding to stage soccer’s 2022 World Cup.

“We will study the IOC report, reflect on its findings and take stock as part of our own reflections regarding our ambition to bring the Games to the Middle East for the first time,” Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, general secretary of the Qatar Olympic Committee, said in an e-mailed statement.

Tokyo, which is bidding for the second time in a row, is the only one of the three remaining candidates to have hosted an Olympic Games, in 1964. Madrid is bidding for a third consecutive time and Istanbul a fifth time overall.

The IOC said the three candidate cities will now need to submit a file with an “in-depth description of their Olympic project,” and also prepare for the visit of its evaluation commission, which will compile a technical assessment and report on each bid for IOC members in July 2013.

Source: Bloomberg: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-24/doha-baku-are-cut-from-list-of-...