Sometimes, prior decisions can lead to huge term complications for the entire nation in terms of reputation. A little miscommunication or misconduct can lead to defaulting in the eyes of international sporting committees.
One such example is Pakistan. The rise of terrorism in that nation is on a constant high since the past couple of decades. This also led to an impact on its sporting events and sports tourism. Many prior concerns were raised about the security of playing international matches there. Hell broke loose when the infamous terrorist attack on the Sri-Lankan team happened in 2009. This led to almost all countries refusing to play international matches in Pakistan.
All these events led to a huge dent in the image of the country in the eyes of the world, and rightly so.
Qatar keen on hosting the Games?
The news comes in that Qatar is keen on hosting the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The gas-rich Persian Gulf nation has expressed an interest in hosting the world’s biggest sporting events. They state so in a letter to the International Olympic Committee.
Qatar is turning its focus to bringing the Summer Games to the Middle East for the first time as it prepares to host the region’s first World Cup in 2022. This will be a huge deal for the region, as it will bring tourism and investments into the nation. It would also gain popularity and introduce many sports to the residents of Qatar.
“Today’s announcement marks the beginning of a meaningful dialogue with the IOC’s Future Host Commission to explore our interest further and identify how the Olympic Games can support Qatar’s long-term development goals,” Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, president of the Qatar Olympic Committee, states in a press statement.
“For many years, the sport has been a major contributor to our nation’s development. … It is this proven track-record and wealth of experience, along with our desire to use sport to promote peace and cultural exchange that will form the basis of our discussions with the commission.”
Qatar faces corruption charges from FIFA
An interest in bidding for the Olympics comes as Qatar continues to face corruption allegations over how it won the right to host the World Cup in a FIFA. This took place in December 2010. An earlier FIFA investigation found some of Qatar’s conduct “may not have met the standards” required by FIFA but concluded there was no “evidence of any improper activity by the bid team”. However, Qatar denies any wrongdoing.
Things are still grim for Qatar, as their reputation has been tarnished in many sporting committees. Only time will tell how things go for the nation, as they are highly optimistic about hosting these events.