Muscat (Oman), 16 December (AP) Qatar’s capital Doha will host the Asian Games to be held in 2030, while four years later, in 2034, the Games will be held in Riyadh. The decision was taken on Wednesday after an agreement between these two rival countries.
Doha overtook Riyadh in the race to host the 2030 Asian Games. Voting for this was held in the General Assembly of the Asian Olympic Council (OCA). The vote was concluded amid long-standing political disputes between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Saudi Arabia is among the four countries that boycotted Qatar’s trade and travel in 2017, although there have been recent indications that the dispute between them could be resolved.
The OCA came to the conclusion that the winner would be assigned to the 2030 host in the vote, while another candidate would host the Games in 2034. OCA President Sheikh Ahmed Al Fahd Al Sabah said, “It means no winner and no one is defeated.” did. The FIFA World Cup will also be held in Qatar in 2022.
The voting on Wednesday was continuously delayed due to a problem with the electronic voting machine as many delegates were voting in their home country due to the coronavirus epidemic. Ballot papers were given to 26 delegates in the conference hall, while 19 delegates voted through electronic machines while staying in their constituencies.