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Riyadh wins bid to host 2034 Asian Games

December 16, 2020



JEDDAH — Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh won the bid to host the 2034 Asian Games following a vote at the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly held in Muscat on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Qatari city of Doha bagged the right to host the 2030 Asian Games.

The double award comes after OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah arranged a "win-win" situation which saw the city with the most votes awarded the 2030 Games and the runner-up given 2034.

It means back-to-back Asian Games will be held in the Gulf.

The electronic vote was plagued by technical problems and was repeatedly delayed as some countries attended in the room and others joined virtually.

In the end, the 26 countries present at the venue in Muscat had to vote the old fashioned way, by walking up to a ballot box, with the 19 remaining nations still able to vote electronically. — Agencies


December 16, 2020
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