Aspire Zone CEO: We're ready for the Asian Games today, not in 2030
After Qatar won the bid to host the 2030 Asian Games on Wednesday, the CEO of the Aspire Zone said Qatar is ready to host the event today.
Qatar won the hosting rights for of the twenty-first Asian Games in 2030 after the Doha bid received the highest number of votes in the vote that took place on Wednesday on the side-lines of the 39th General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia in the Omani capital of Muscat. This will be the second time that Qatar has won the honour to organize the games after it hosted the event in 2006.
Following the announcement, Mohamed Khalifa Al Suwaidi, CEO of the Aspire Zone Foundation, said: “I predicted this victory a long time ago, given the Qatari bid was based on the great experience gained from having organized several continental and international sporting events in Qatar. Also, the team in charge of preparing this bid has made a great effort, therefore we are ready for the Asian Games today, not in 2030.”
“All the facilities are ready to host the biggest Asian event. Some of them were used before, while others have not yet been used, such as some of the World Cup stadiums, so the Evaluation Committee has come to Doha before and recognized the Qatari willingness to organize the Games, as well as the Qatari potential that qualifies it to host the Asian Games,” he added.
Just hours before the vote, the Doha 2030 bidding committee announced the Legacy 2021 project, which marks one of the main pillars for 2030 and meets the highest standards of transparency accredited by the Olympic Council of Asia. Through this project, there will be wide use of the facilities at the Aspire Academy.
The project aims to provide a platform for financial investments for sports development programs, and especially training programs for athletes to allow them to visit and train at Aspire’s world-class facilities. Aspire will also collaborate with the Aspetar Centre of Excellence to implement cutting-edge sports medicine-based programs.