TWO Middle Eastern cities could be in the running for the 2024 Olympics if proposed changes to bidding rules are carried out, International Olympic Committee member and Jordanian Prince Feisal al-Hussein said yesterday.
The Qatar capital Doha is expected to bid for the third time in a row. The city recently won the 2019 World Athletics Championships, despite brutal exploitation of migrant workers and the ongoing corruption scandal engulfing Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup.
Changes to bidding rules to be decided in December could make it easier for very hot countries to host the summer Games, by letting them shift it from its traditional July-August slot and moving some events to different cities or even countries. Doha won the athletics by moving it from August to October.
Hussein said yesterday: “We have already seen in the 2020 Olympic Games we have an Arab country that looked to be a candidate city to host the Games and for 2024 we expect other Middle East countries that might consider putting themselves forward.”