Monday, November 02, 2009

Dubai Olympics 2020 bid

Dubai maps 2020 Olympic bid strategy - Tue November 3, 2009 12:02 am.

The committee of the 'Dubai 2020' Working Group, tasked with bringing the Olympic games to the city, held its first meeting Monday at the Emirates Towers under the Chairmanship of the Crown Prince of Dubai HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended a segment of the meeting according to the official news agency WAM.

Sheikh Mohammed directed the Chairman and members of the Group to work as a one team to enable the UAE to win bids for Expo and the Olympics in 2020, WAM said.

"Nothing is impossible as long as we have the determination for change, not change of determination," Sheikh Mohammed told the Group members.

The Group members included several other members of the emirate's political elite, suggesting strong government support for a possible bid.

The Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki said they were considering bidding for the 2020 Summer Olympics in tandem with a campaign to promote a nuclear-free world.

Rome and Venice are reportedly preparing to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. Other cities including Cape Town, Durban and Rabat have also been mentioned as possible candidates.

The International Olympic Committee is to announce the 2020 host city in 2013.

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