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Old December 24th, 2007, 06:55 PM   #4241
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Note this is the second iteration based on an earlier design that was scrapped because it referenced the Olympic torch, apparently a no-no. The six-pointed star can be found on the Chicago flag (there are four, each with its own significance), the blue is a nod to the lake, green to the park system and golden hues to the flame, I think.
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Old December 29th, 2007, 10:49 AM   #4242
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Today from Gulf Times

Doha 2016 Bid takes centre stage
Published: Saturday, 29 December, 2007, 02:17 AM Doha Time



CONFIDENT...Doha 2016 Bid Chairman Hassan Ali bin Ali


Qatar is going full steam ahead in its bid to get the 2016 Olympics to Doha.
In this exclusive interview with
Gulf Times Sports Editor Anil John, Bid Chairman Hassan Ali bin Ali talks about the country’s chances in what is definitely going to be a tough fight



Q: There is great expectation in Qatar and in the Arab world about Doha’s 2016 bid. What would you say to the people? How confident are you about the bid?
A: Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Doha in 2016 would bring the Olympic flame to the Arabic-speaking world for the first time, extending the Olympic ideals tomns of new hearts and minds.
We are quite confident that Doha will stage the greatest Olympic Games the world has ever seen if we are given the opportunity by the International Olympic Committee.

Q: Has the message gone across to schools in Qatar? After all, schoolchildren will be young adults by the time we reach 2016 and most excited about the Olympics if it comes to Qatar.
A: The youth of Qatar are key supporters of Doha 2016 and we have been to several schools in Doha to talk to the students and to listen to their feedback regarding Doha hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We have also visited the Universities in Qatar and spoken with students to convey our vision of bringing the Games to Doha in 2016.
Several primary schools, secondary schools and colleges have pledged their support for the Bid and we look forward to working them in the near future. A lot of enthusiasm has been generated amongst the students throughout Doha.

Q: What do people in general outside the Arab world feel about the bid? During your various tours to Europe and elsewhere and during your interaction with officials and common people did you notice that there is awareness about the 2016 bid and that Doha is in the running?
A: Certainly everyone within the Olympic Family is well aware that we are bidding for the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. With Qatar’s sporting pedigree, athletes and spectators will experience the ultimate Games of the future.
In Doha, we have a world class sporting infrastructure. Our stadiums were acknowledged to be among the best in the world in a global contest organised by the International Association for Sports Leisure Facilities and sponsored by the IOC.

Q: It’s the International Olympic Committee’s stated goal that they want the Olympic movement to catch on in places like the Arab world, Africa etc. Therefore do you think that Doha has an advantage over other cities bidding for the Games? After all it was on this basis that Qatar got to host the Asian Games in 2006.
A: Awarding Doha the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games would unleash the power of the Olympic Movement and sport to create understanding, hope and change that could unite the entire region with the rest of the world.
Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Doha in 2016 would bring the Olympic flame to the Arabic-speaking world for the first time, extending the Olympic ideals tomns of new hearts and minds.
Never has the Olympic Family had an opportunity to make such a difference to the peoples of the world. We hosted the 2006 Asian Games (the world’s second largest multi-sport, multi-day event after the Olympic Games), putting on what has been called the best, the biggest, the most widely reported, and the highest standard Asian Games ever. Partly as a result of this success, Qatar has been selected to host the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Games and the AFC 2011 Asian Football Cup.

Q: Obviously the bid has the support of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. But how closely are they involved in the whole process? Do they actually keep track of the day-to-day progress?
A: Our visionary Emir, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, has set the country on a monumental modernisation programme to become a role model for economic and social transformation in the region.
His Highness The Emir, His Highness the Heir Apparent and Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser bin Abdullah al-Misnad are all informed of the progress of the bid as a whole.
We work closely with a variety of government stakeholders across the board to ensure that Doha will host the greatest Games the world has ever seen.

Q: The Asian Games was a path-breaking event in the history of Qatar in many ways. And now if Doha gets the Olympics, how would it impact the country in general? Obviously if Qatar wins the bid, there will be a lot of activity in the country leading up to the event. But so far there has been no official announcement about the kind of facilities that Qatar plans to build. Can you throw some light on that?
A: Our Doha 2016 Olympic Games Plan will establish a new state-of-the-art regional centre for sport in a part of the world currently underserved by such facilities.
As part of our Games Plan, we will obviously build upon our already first class infrastructure. In addition, new venues will be developed including a new state-of-the-art Paralympic stadium for disabled athletes at the Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs.
I am the Centre’s Chairman and so, in addition to organising a first class Olympic Games, I am deeply committed to providing the finest Paralympic Games that the Olympic Movement has ever seen. Doha 2016 could really be an event to change the world.

Q: What would you say to people who say that Qatar is punching above its weight and that it’s only bidding for the Games to grab attention and publicity?
A: The interest in sport is increasing rapidly in this region and the population of Qatar has recently demonstrated overwhelming support for the Doha 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Bid.
In a recent opinion poll in Qatar, conducted by the independent international polling company Ipsos, 86% of people expressed their support for the Doha 2016 Bid. When asked, 95% of the respondents said that they were aware that Qatar was bidding to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016 – and more than 80% of them also said they had an interest in sports and the Olympic Games in general. When asked about their feelings about Qatar’s sporting history to date, 81% said they felt proud of it.
I was thrilled recently that, at a summit here in Doha, the Heads of State of all the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries pledged their unanimous support for the Doha 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid. This was an enormous boost to the Doha 2016 Bid team and yet another demonstration that all the leaders and peoples of the GCC are together as one – and cooperating to support each other across the region.

Q: You of course also run the Shaffalah Center for special children, which is one of the top facilities of such a kind. Could you enlighten us on that in detail?
A: The Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs was established by the effort and under the authority of the chairperson of the Supreme Council of Family Affairs, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser bin Abdullah al-Misnad. Her Highness Sheikha Mozah believes in the vitality and importance of the family and the child’s role in society, particularly those children with special needs. At the beginning in 1998, the Shafallah Center could only receive a limited number of children due to lack of facilities and capacity at that time.
Knowing these limitations the board of directors of Shafallah put into action, as a priority, plans to move to a much larger building and facility to accommodate more children with special needs and increase the services that could be offered to them.
The new Shafallah Center has been designed and constructed in accordance with the highest standards and latest developments in the field of children with special needs.

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Old December 29th, 2007, 11:15 AM   #4243
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Many in the west are skeptical and discount what they aren't accustomed to. Doha 2016? I'm very impressed. The ambition is admirable, and the progress spectacular. You may not get 2016, but keep going in this direction, and you'll get it sooner rather than later.
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Old December 29th, 2007, 11:18 AM   #4244
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Today from Gulf Times

Doha 2016 Bid takes centre stage



CONFIDENT...Doha 2016 Bid Chairman Hassan Ali bin Ali


Qatar is going full steam ahead in its bid to get the 2016 Olympics to Doha.
In this exclusive interview with
Gulf Times Sports Editor Anil John, Bid Chairman Hassan Ali bin Ali talks about the country’s chances in what is definitely going to be a tough fight



Q: There is great expectation in Qatar and in the Arab world about Doha’s 2016 bid. What would you say to the people? How confident are you about the bid?
A: Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Doha in 2016 would bring the Olympic flame to the Arabic-speaking world for the first time, extending the Olympic ideals tomns of new hearts and minds.
We are quite confident that Doha will stage the greatest Olympic Games the world has ever seen if we are given the opportunity by the International Olympic Committee.

Q: Has the message gone across to schools in Qatar? After all, schoolchildren will be young adults by the time we reach 2016 and most excited about the Olympics if it comes to Qatar.
A: The youth of Qatar are key supporters of Doha 2016 and we have been to several schools in Doha to talk to the students and to listen to their feedback regarding Doha hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We have also visited the Universities in Qatar and spoken with students to convey our vision of bringing the Games to Doha in 2016.
Several primary schools, secondary schools and colleges have pledged their support for the Bid and we look forward to working them in the near future. A lot of enthusiasm has been generated amongst the students throughout Doha.

Q: What do people in general outside the Arab world feel about the bid? During your various tours to Europe and elsewhere and during your interaction with officials and common people did you notice that there is awareness about the 2016 bid and that Doha is in the running?
A: Certainly everyone within the Olympic Family is well aware that we are bidding for the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. With Qatar’s sporting pedigree, athletes and spectators will experience the ultimate Games of the future.
In Doha, we have a world class sporting infrastructure. Our stadiums were acknowledged to be among the best in the world in a global contest organised by the International Association for Sports Leisure Facilities and sponsored by the IOC.

Q: It’s the International Olympic Committee’s stated goal that they want the Olympic movement to catch on in places like the Arab world, Africa etc. Therefore do you think that Doha has an advantage over other cities bidding for the Games? After all it was on this basis that Qatar got to host the Asian Games in 2006.
A: Awarding Doha the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games would unleash the power of the Olympic Movement and sport to create understanding, hope and change that could unite the entire region with the rest of the world.
Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Doha in 2016 would bring the Olympic flame to the Arabic-speaking world for the first time, extending the Olympic ideals tomns of new hearts and minds.
Never has the Olympic Family had an opportunity to make such a difference to the peoples of the world. We hosted the 2006 Asian Games (the world’s second largest multi-sport, multi-day event after the Olympic Games), putting on what has been called the best, the biggest, the most widely reported, and the highest standard Asian Games ever. Partly as a result of this success, Qatar has been selected to host the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Games and the AFC 2011 Asian Football Cup.

Q: Obviously the bid has the support of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. But how closely are they involved in the whole process? Do they actually keep track of the day-to-day progress?
A: Our visionary Emir, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, has set the country on a monumental modernisation programme to become a role model for economic and social transformation in the region.
His Highness The Emir, His Highness the Heir Apparent and Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser bin Abdullah al-Misnad are all informed of the progress of the bid as a whole.
We work closely with a variety of government stakeholders across the board to ensure that Doha will host the greatest Games the world has ever seen.

Q: The Asian Games was a path-breaking event in the history of Qatar in many ways. And now if Doha gets the Olympics, how would it impact the country in general? Obviously if Qatar wins the bid, there will be a lot of activity in the country leading up to the event. But so far there has been no official announcement about the kind of facilities that Qatar plans to build. Can you throw some light on that?
A: Our Doha 2016 Olympic Games Plan will establish a new state-of-the-art regional centre for sport in a part of the world currently underserved by such facilities.
As part of our Games Plan, we will obviously build upon our already first class infrastructure. In addition, new venues will be developed including a new state-of-the-art Paralympic stadium for disabled athletes at the Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs.
I am the Centre’s Chairman and so, in addition to organising a first class Olympic Games, I am deeply committed to providing the finest Paralympic Games that the Olympic Movement has ever seen. Doha 2016 could really be an event to change the world.

Q: What would you say to people who say that Qatar is punching above its weight and that it’s only bidding for the Games to grab attention and publicity?
A: The interest in sport is increasing rapidly in this region and the population of Qatar has recently demonstrated overwhelming support for the Doha 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Bid.
In a recent opinion poll in Qatar, conducted by the independent international polling company Ipsos, 86% of people expressed their support for the Doha 2016 Bid. When asked, 95% of the respondents said that they were aware that Qatar was bidding to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016 – and more than 80% of them also said they had an interest in sports and the Olympic Games in general. When asked about their feelings about Qatar’s sporting history to date, 81% said they felt proud of it.
I was thrilled recently that, at a summit here in Doha, the Heads of State of all the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries pledged their unanimous support for the Doha 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid. This was an enormous boost to the Doha 2016 Bid team and yet another demonstration that all the leaders and peoples of the GCC are together as one – and cooperating to support each other across the region.

Q: You of course also run the Shaffalah Center for special children, which is one of the top facilities of such a kind. Could you enlighten us on that in detail?
A: The Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs was established by the effort and under the authority of the chairperson of the Supreme Council of Family Affairs, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser bin Abdullah al-Misnad. Her Highness Sheikha Mozah believes in the vitality and importance of the family and the child’s role in society, particularly those children with special needs. At the beginning in 1998, the Shafallah Center could only receive a limited number of children due to lack of facilities and capacity at that time.
Knowing these limitations the board of directors of Shafallah put into action, as a priority, plans to move to a much larger building and facility to accommodate more children with special needs and increase the services that could be offered to them.
The new Shafallah Center has been designed and constructed in accordance with the highest standards and latest developments in the field of children with special needs.
I think that's an old story but it still helps
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Old December 29th, 2007, 11:18 AM   #4245
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Many in the west are skeptical and discount what they aren't accustomed to. Doha 2016? I'm very impressed. The ambition is admirable, and the progress spectacular. You may not get 2016, but keep going in this direction, and you'll get it sooner rather than later.
if they won't they plan to keep bidding until they win, no Middle Eastern Country has hosted it yet.
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Old December 29th, 2007, 11:19 AM   #4246
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''I think that's an old story but it still helps''

its in the news today !
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Old December 29th, 2007, 11:25 AM   #4247
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i've seen that a few days ago.
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Old December 29th, 2007, 11:26 AM   #4248
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found it today in gulf times

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topic...9&parent_id=29
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Old December 29th, 2007, 11:30 AM   #4249
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hmmm, i know i've seen that page before!
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Old December 31st, 2007, 04:51 PM   #4250
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Qatar definately does have the funds and facilities to host the olympics, the hot weather will make it very hard though!
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Old December 31st, 2007, 05:12 PM   #4251
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hmmm out-door air coditioning ?
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Old December 31st, 2007, 06:04 PM   #4252
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- i moved my question to the Doha 2016 Olympics thread-
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Ljubicic backs Doha’s 2016 Olympics bid

DOHA • Qatar Open defending champion Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia backs Doha’s bid to win the rights to host the Olympic Games in 2016.

Following a straight-set win yesterday, Ljubicic said: “I think it would be great if Doha gets the chance to stage the Olympic Games (in 2016). Doha staged the Asian Games (in December 2006) and did it quite successfully. I am sure they can go for something bigger and better.”

The three-time Qatar Open finalist added: “I would love to see the Olympic Games (being staged) here. I know it won’t be easy, but Doha is doing the right thing by going for it (by joining the bid race). There is no reason why they can’t do it.”

The Croatian is impressed with the changing skyline of Doha.

“This is a great place with huge shopping malls at small distances.

The city is developing at a rapid pace. I just love coming down here.

“It is one of my favourite places to visit,” the tall Croatian said.

“This place is quite similar to Dubai.”
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Yes, that was in the newspaper yesterday.
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 08:36 PM   #4255
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how come those sports men and women are all supporting Doha ?
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 10:37 PM   #4256
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I like Doha
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 10:41 PM   #4257
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how come those sports men and women are all supporting Doha ?
they were paid, just like some sports men and women who now represent qatar.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 10:22 AM   #4258
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they were paid, just like some sports men and women who now represent qatar.
yeah that was one of my thoughts they only way i guess we willget the olympics is that we tip them good OMG that equals 190 countries to tip ! and not forgeting to tip the ioc a big one ! well.... thats a hard one..... to me that is lol
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Madrid and Prague not showing up for me.
Of the ones I see I like Chicago the best.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 01:13 PM   #4260
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I want support for rio 2016~~!!
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