After a successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup football tournament, Qatar has also thrown its hat into the ring for the 2020 Olympics as it repositions its economy to become a tourist destination.
HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani took part in Qatar’s National Sports Day on 15th February 2012, riding purebred Arabian camels to encourage his citizens to participate in sport. The Heir Apparent His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani and his wife HH Sheikha Jawahir bint Hamad bin Suhaim al Thani played a spot of table tennis as part of the day’s activities.
The full list of applicants to host the 2020 Olympics are as follows:
- Istanbul (Turkey)
- Tokyo (Japan)
- Baku (Azerbaijan)
- Doha (Qatar)
- Madrid (Spain)
A working group will now review the applications and the candidates accepted for the next round will be announced in May 2012.