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Qatar Now Wants to Host the Olympics After Raging ‘Success’ of 2022 World Cup

With World Cup going well, Qatar is determined to host the 2036 Summer Olympic Games.

The success so far of the ongoing FIFA soccer World Cup has emboldened the Qataris and strengthened their resolve to host the Olympics.

Qatar will feel in a very strong position, one source told Reuters. “The success so far of this World Cup puts Qatar in a strong position – they have shown they can do this… it is a proof of concept.”

Qatar failed to make the cut for the shortlist for both the 2016 and 2020 Games, partly due to concerns over the summer temperatures in the desert state, with those Games ending up in Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.

It is expected Qatar would push to move any Olympics later in the year, like it has done with the World Cup, and the Gulf state has made use of advanced air-conditioning systems in stadiums to mitigate the heat for the football.

The IOC has revamped the process for awarding the Games since then, changing from a traditional bidding process to selecting a preferred candidate from interested cities.

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