There’s been a lot of talk about the Olympics. I was very excited at the thought of us getting it. Not only does Qatar have what’s considered to be unlimited cash to spend on such an event, but over 75% of the Olympic requirements were already met. We had a strong chance, sadly I didn’t expect that one of the main reasons we would be rejected was for weather alone. (That means that this part of the world will NEVER host the WORLD Olympics.). I’m interested in getting the Olympic report to see how Qatar scored. What could this have done for the country though?
It’s the fact that it would have brought further development and change that excited me. Although Qatar is already getting a lot of attention, having the Olympics would have made more focus on us. More attention is a good thing when it comes to change. It forces development.
Laws would have to change because people will start comparing rights of other companies with those received here in Qatar. The exit permit comes to my mind, the Human Rights Authority would be given more funds and higher responsibilities, there would have been even more construction in anticipation for the games (more commercial areas, better roads, speed up public transport solutions, etc..), plus it would have brought a huge amount of businesses interested in opening up and investing in Qatar.
Why do I personally want the games? I want to show the world the meaning of Arabic hospitality. I want to see foreigners come into Qatar and enjoy Qatari kindness. I want those who are corrupted to be exposed as a result of scrutiny, I want laws and regulations to be reformed and there to be more “open-ness” within the country, and I also want there to be a better perception of our culture. At the end of the day, Qatar’s Olympic motto was just right, the Doha 2020 Olympics would be ‘inspiring change’.
Noora Al Mannai, the chief executive of Doha 2020 brings up some great points. She said, “With so many sports venues already in place and budgeted for, we felt that we offered the IOC great certainty and a low cost Games plan as well as an exciting legacy vision, especially around developing women’s sport in the Middle East.
“However for Doha, it will always be a question of when not if.”
That’s the spirit!