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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old Oct 26th, 2007, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Arab Country Launches Olympic Bid

Arab Country Launches Olympic Bid
By BARBARA SURK,AP Sports
Posted: 2007-10-25 22:46:20
DOHA, Qatar (Oct. 25) -- Qatar launched its bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics on Thursday, hoping to become the first Arab country to host the games.

Flush with billions from oil and gas sales, Qatar hopes to build on its success as host of the 2006 Asian Games to attract the Olympics to Doha and promote understanding between the Middle East and the rest of the world.

"We hope to bring people into a city where they can get along," said Hasan Ali bin Ali, Chairman of the Doha 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Bid Committee. "We also hope people will come to Qatar and see a different Arab world than they perceive it to be."

Qatari officials opened the ceremony by reading a passage from the Quran, the Muslim holy book, and then staged an hour-long performance that included music and dance from around the world.

The Middle East is often associated with conflict and instability, but Qatar hopes to open the world's eyes to the booming prosperity and economic growth of the region's wealthy Gulf countries.

With a population of only 300,000 and substantial oil and gas reserves, Qatar has one of the highest per capita income rates in the world. The country competes for international investment and attention with its similarly resource-rich neighbors, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Chicago, Tokyo, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Prague, and Baku - the capital of Azerbaijan - also are bidding for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

"It's a huge job to promote a bid internationally," said Mike Lee, an adviser for Doha's 2016 bid and veteran of London's successful bid for the Summer Olympics in 2012.

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Will they make allowances for the athletes wear or will they want all the female athletes to cover up?
They don't ask the WTA players to cover up, I don't think they'd treat the Olympic competitors differently. Particularly since they're obviously trying to create a specific image for international consumption.

Whether women who live in Qatar will be allowed in to see the infidels parade around half-naked, I don't know.

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The only problem I could see is Israeli participation. They arent even allowed to participate in tennis events in the country, more or less every event.

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Not gunna happen. They have about as good of a shot of hosting the games as Israel. The Olympics will not step into that mess at this point. Ain't no way!

The closest they may come would be somewhere like India or Egypt, but even that would be a stretch.

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Arab men have HUGE willys.

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What a great idea put it in the Middle East the most violent region in the world

I guess it is possible since China and Russia(well known corrupt countries one communist and one a former communist country both with human rights problems)

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Re: Arab Country Launches Olympic Bid

Of all the cities that are biding for 2016 Olympics, not only does Doha have the ability not to be in debt for the next 20-30 years for hosting it but they've gone out of their way to show that they have the ability to make it happen in 2016.

I really would like to see the games in Doha.

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Yeah, I do not see it happening due to Israel. Qatar might be a very wealthy country, but I am not sure if such a small country would be a prime place to put the Olympic games.
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Yeah, I do not see it happening due to Israel. Qatar might be a very wealthy country, but I am not sure if such a small country would be a prime place to put the Olympic games.
Is Qatar actually one of the countries that bans Israelites? If so, then it's obvious they would never be able to host the Olympics. The host country can't ban certain nations from participating.

And yes, the fact that it's so small would be the biggest drawback. It seems unlikely that a country of just 300,000 people would have the necessary infrastructure to host the games.


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I think Doha has a good bid, but I don't think they have a chance. They hosted the Asian games this year so they have many new sports stadiums, and they can easily put into place any infrastructure they need in time for Olympics. However I think the Middle East is just not ready yet for something like this. Another issue is the heat, which would mean a September Olympics.

I think they will eventually have a chance to host to the olympics, because of the rotation of Olymics to different regions, and because a middle eastern Olympics wculd provide a big symbol of peace. I have no doubt that Doha could pull off a good games, but its just not the right time yet. Try again later.

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China has a horrible human rights record, on par with the Arab countries, and they were awarded the 2008 bid.
That doesn't have much to do with anything.
We are not saying that Qatar has human rights problems, the fact remains that if Qatar hosts the Olympics, it would need to allow Israeli athletes to compete. Qatar is fairly Western-friendly, and even if they conform and acknowledge Israel, I doubt fellow countries in the region will. Furthermore, being in the middle east raises security questions.
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All Olympic games have security questions. Look at the Atlanta bombing. I don't think a games held in the Middle East would be any more dangerous than one held anywhere else.


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The games shouldn't go there if only because Qatar are buying track athletes from Kenya and they make them change their name to an arab one. Pure propaganda
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