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Qatar appoints consultants for Olympics 2020 bid

Qatar appoints consultants for Olympics 2020 bid
By Andy Sambidge  Friday, 23 December 2011 9:35 AM

The Doha 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid Committee has appointed consultants to work on its application, officials have said.  Olympic experts MI Associates have been taken on as their lead project consultants to work on the Doha 2020 Applicant File, which will be submitted to the International Olympic Committee on February 15.

MI Associates has previously advised Olympic Games Bid and Organising Committees including Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro, state news agency QNA reported.
Confirming the appointment, Noora Al Mannai, Doha 2020 CEO, said: "We are delighted to have MI Associates on board as the company has unparalleled experience in the sport and Olympic arena.
"They have worked on numerous Olympic Games projects and their insights and track record of delivery will prove invaluable as the production of our Applicant File progresses."
MI Associates director, Hugh Taylor, added: "This is a very exciting project for us because of the real commitment and ambition of Doha in terms of the development and delivery of sport.
"We have had the opportunity to work with the Qatar Olympic Committee on their sports venues masterplan and our engagement with Doha 2020 flows naturally from this project. In partnership with the Bid Team our aim is to produce a first class Applicant File."
Qatar has hosted a string of global sporting events in recent years as it moves to build its profile and accelerate its economic growth. The tiny Gulf emirate hosted the Asian Games in 2006 and the Asian Football Confederation’s soccer tournament in January.
But Doha lost out to London in October in a head-to-head contest to host the 2017 World Championships, despite offering a $236m funding package, including an $80m event budget.
Qatar has submitted a formal bid to hold the 2020 Olympic Games, which will see it take on Tokyo, Madrid, Rome, Baku and Istanbul in the fight for hosting rights.
The Gulf state was eliminated early from the 2016 Olympics after the board rejected its request to hold the games outside of the summer months.
The IOC board will meet in May to decide the host finalists for the 2020 games, with a winner chosen in September 2013.

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