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Qatar Heir-Apparent to Head Nation’s Bid for 2020 Olympic Games

October 03, 2011

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Qatar’s heir-apparent, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will head the Gulf nation’s bid for the 2020 Olympic Games, the Qatar Olympic Committee said on its website.

Sheikh Tamim, who is also the president of the QOC, decided to appoint Shaikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani as vice presidents of the Olympic Games bid team and Noora Ali Al-Manai as executive president, it said. Sheikh Tamim had announced in August that Qatar is also seeking to host the Paralympic Games, it said.

The IOC will vote on the 2020 Games in 2013. Rome, Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul have all announced they will bid. Qatar won the contest to host the 2022 soccer World Cup.

--Editor: Peter Branton

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