DOHA: International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach on Monday lauded Qatar’s effort in promoting the Olympic spirit and movement in the region.
He was addressing media persons at the state-of-the-art sports training facility - the Aspire Academy.
"Aspire Academy is really a benchmark for the world of sports. What's happening here isn’t just for the training of athletes, but also the education and scientific achievements are remarkable.”
On Qatar’s chances of playing host to the Olympic Games, he said, “This is up to Qatar to be a candidate for the Olympic Games. The procedure for the next Olympics Games is under way and I can imagine one day Qatar would be a candidate for hosting the Olympic Games.”
But, he added that it was too early to make a statement about the same and added, “This is too early to speculate about the Olympic Games in Qatar. Now the procedure for the 2024 Olympic Games is underway and this is what we are focused on.
“It would be too early to speculate anything about it,” he reiterated.
Shedding light on the co-operation between IOC and Qatar Olympic Committee, he said, “We’re co-operating with the Qatar Olympic Committee in many respects. You can see that international athletes are welcomed and well cared for in Qatar. Many athletes under scholarship programme are benefiting from it.”
Accompanying him on the tour was Qatari sports administrator and president of the Qatar Basketball Federation Sheikh Saoud bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani.
Later, they visited Aspetar, which is the world's leading specialised orthopedic and sports medicine hospital.