February 20, 2012 - 8:50:37 pm


Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah – Qatar’s four-time Olympian

“Having had the privilege of competing in four Olympic Games, I have a pretty good understanding of what makes for a great Games – at least from the athletes’ point of view. In days before you compete, you want no distractions. Doha 2020’s plans for minimal travel and easy access to training will take care of that. When your big moment comes, the place to excel is an inspiring venue packed with cheering crowds. So I have no doubts about Doha 2020 on that score either. And when it’s time to relax, you want to be in city alive to the joy of the Games. Think of the young crowds on the Corniche on a lovely October night... Thanks to all the planning and visionary thinking – even at this early stage of the bid – Doha 2020 is on target to set a new standard for Host Cities. And as I travel and compete throughout the Middle East, I’ve found that fellow athletes share my excitement at the prospect of a Games in Doha. I’ve also seen the immense potential to develop a new generation of athletes in this part of the world. Potential that can best be realised by bringing the Games to the region for the first time. It’s an exciting future.”

Nada Arkaji – Qatar’s young swimmer

“Last year I competed in the Arab Games here in Doha. So I know how thrilling it is to perform before a home crowd. That thought kept going through my mind in Lausanne last week. And made me dare to dream about competing here in Doha in 2020. I’ll be 25 then. But even at 17, sport has already changed my life. The prospect of the Olympic and Paralympic Games coming to Doha would inspire many more young people like me to take up sport, to know the thrill of competition, to become more than they ever thought they could be. That’s what Doha 2020 means to my generation and me.”