The IOC's message to Qatar
A fair summary and something for Qatar to build on when they bid again
Too small, too hot and too risky to stage the Olympics
By rejecting Olympic bids from Doha and Baku to host the 2020 Games the International Olympic Committee has sent a strong message about its priorities. It is a message that will resonate particularly loudly at Fifa headquarters in Zurich.
The IOC was faced with its toughest hosting decision in many years when it met in Quebec on Wednesday. On the table were five bids, all of them problematic.
On one side were Doha and Baku, flush with mineral wealth and ambition, but with major questions over their capacity and, in Doha’s case, carrying reputational baggage.
On the other were three problematic bids from more established cities. Madrid wants to host the Games despite facing economic crisis. Japan wants to use 2020 as a catalyst for recovery from earthquake and tsunami. Istanbul brings infrastructure challenges, and is currently proposing the unrealistic double of staging the European Championships and the Olympics within three months.
But faced with a choice between economic uncertainty and the unknown impact of Doha and Baku flooding the bidding race with unlimited marketing budgets, the IOC went for the former. Only three cities will go forward into the weakest summer Games field in some time.
The IOC insist that the decision was not political, and published a 90-page technical report to prove it. The reasons given for avoiding Doha and Baku are sound. But there is no question that politics, and a desire to protect the IOC’s credibility, played a major part.
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