Leaders of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE have all confirmed their full support for Doha’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the 32nd session of the Supreme Council for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Noora Al Mannai, CEO of Doha 2020, said, “Doha 2020 is a bid not just for Qatar but for the entire Middle East. The fact that we have the full backing of the Gulf Cooperation Council is an important demonstration of the support we are receiving from across the region.
“If we are successful in bringing the Games to the region for the first time, the impact on sports development and participation, especially for women, will be profound. Our aim is to show that Doha 2020 will offer wonderful legacies for Olympic sport throughout the Middle East and a real opportunity for the Olympic Movement to make a difference at this important moment in the region’s history.
“We are proud to have this show of support from the GCC so soon after receiving the backing of all the National Olympic Committee represented at the 2011 Arab Games. This is a real boost to the Doha 2020 campaign”.