Olympics: Qatar unsure over hosting 2024 Games after 2 failed bids, eyes later date

DOHA (REUTERS) - Qatar is undecided whether to bid to host the 2024 Olympics, a leading official has said, suggesting it may hold off for a later edition after two failed attempts to land sport's greatest spectacle.

"We don't know if we are going to bid for '24, but bidding for the Olympics it will be... either '24, '28 or '32," Qatar Olympic Committee general secretary Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani was quoted as saying by Doha News on Wednesday.

"But for '24 we have not made the decision yet. The decision will hopefully be before September."

That hesitation was in contrast to a Twitter message posted by the team behind Doha's bid for the 2020 Games, which said: "See you in 2024" after failing to make the International Olympic Committee shortlist in May 2012.

Oil and gas-rich Qatar also failed in a bid to land the 2016 Olympics, which went to Rio de Janeiro. The Japanese capital Tokyo will host in 2020.

Qatar's bids had involved moving the multi-sport event from the traditional European summer months of July and August to sometime between October and March to avoid the searing heat of the Middle East summer.

Timing issues have caused long headaches for football's world governing body Fifa after they awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, which will also host the 2019 world athletics championships.

Landing the Olympics would be the final piece in the jigsaw for the tiny nation which has transformed itself into a global home of sport.

The Italian capital Rome, host in 1960, and Boston in the United States are the only two confirmed bidders so far for the 2024 Olympics.