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Friday, 16 November 2012 - 13:19
Olympics;Qatar to bid for 2024 Olympics
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Doha will make a fresh bid to bring the Olympics to the Middle East for the first time in 2024, having missed out on the 2020 Games.

Gas-rich Qatar, named as surprise host for the 2022 football World Cup, failed to make the short-list for the 2020 Games, leaving Madrid, Tokyo and Istanbul in the running as the leading candidates.

But that has not deterred the country's leaders, with Sheikh Saoud bin al-Thani, general secretary of the Qatar Olympic Committee, announcing  the results of the Qatar Sports Venue Master Plan.

The plan is a two-year audit of the country's 62 existing sports venues for usability and proposed 11 new ones, in addition to eight venues originally planned by the QOC.

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