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Qatar capital Doha is not only organising the World Judo Masters but has also been chosen to host the 2030 Asian Games following a vote during the 39th Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly in Muscat, while Riyadh will stage the 2034 edition. The city of Doha is a huge international sports hub since the previous Asian Games in 2006 in Qatar.
Both rivals were gunning for the 2030 Games but reached a compromise after the OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah proposed a “win win situation”. An executive board meeting of the OCA unanimously approved that the runner-up in the intriguing two-horse race gets the nod as 2034 hosts. A similar case as the election for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games where Paris and Los Angeles both won the bid for the Games. Qatar will also organise the FIFA World Cup in 2022 and is a huge sports hub in the middle east. OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah announced Doha as hosts of the 2030 Asian Games.
The back-to-back Asian Games will be held in West Asia. Doha hosted the Asian Games in 2006 while Saudi Arabia has never organised an OCA multi-sport event. Judo is a fixed sport at the Asian Games alongside other martial arts.
Voting was repeatedly delayed due to technical problems with the online system. In the end, the 19 National Olympic Committees participating remotely voted electronically, while the 26 nations present at the JW Marriott Hotel walked up to a ballot box one after the other to submit their ballots.
The next two Asian Games will be held in East Asia, China’s Hangzhou in 2022 and Japan’s Aichi and Nagoya in 2026. The previous Asian Games were held in Jakarta where Japan and Korea dominated the judo medal tables.
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