Qatar can bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, reports Reuters, citing an International Olympic Committee (IOC) source. The IOC executive board has considered Qatar’s request and said a bid with dates later in the year to avoid the extreme desert heat, can be submitted.
The source told Reuters the date approval with the Games being held in the September/October window merely meant that it would not be a “deal breaker” and that any Qatar bid would still have to solve issues regarding sports calendar scheduling and the health of athletes and visitors, even during those dates.
The deadline for submitting a 2020 Olympic bid is September 1. Rome, Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo have all said they intend to bid.