Muslim nations to host Olympics from 2020 onwards?

Muslim nations to host Olympics from 2020 onwards?
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Published August 12th, 2012 - 11:12 GMT via

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An Oxford University academic has identified ten Muslim-majority cities that he believes could realistically pitch to host the Olympics from 2020 and beyond, despite cultural, political and climatic hurdles.

With London readying to pass the baton to Rio de Janeiro, which will host South America's first ever Games in 2016, the study probes over the possibility of Muslim nation hosting the coveted sports event as never before has an Olympics been held in a Islamic country.

Kasim Randeree, a researcher at the internationally renowned Said Business School in study stated Istanbul near-top in his list, which has bid in vain on four previous occasions, and also cites several other potential city bids, having merit.

"From the perspective of the broader international community, engagement with the Muslim world could not be more necessary or timely ... and sport has historically been demonstrated as an effective tool in achieving similar goals," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Randeree, as saying.

"It is potentially in their long-term geopolitical and socio-economic interests for a [Muslim] nation to host the Olympics. I think Istanbul rates highly because of Turkey's history of Olympic participation," he added. In his research, Randeree sought to identify the key ingredients of previously successful Olympic bids since the 1960s, including Sydney's, with which he melded the IOC's technical criteria.

He revealed that of Indonesia's prospects, "regional al-Qaeda supported terrorism remains a major obstacle".

Randeree claimed that fierce summer temperatures would work against the Gulf cities, and even though the oil-rich states could climate-proof venues, signature Olympic events such as the marathon would still be adversely affected. (ANI)


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Yet another greek/armenian idiot. They comment like this on any news related to the Turks.

Anonymous (not verified) Sat, 09/29/2012 - 06:16

Not brave enough to even leave a fake name. Calling Muslims Barbarians. I would ask you sir/madam to check your history and see who has perpetrated the most barbaric of acts..then return and make an informed comment not a bigoted one

Charlton Deveaux (not verified) Mon, 08/13/2012 - 14:57

Dont wast time offering an olive branch to Muslim barbarians... especially the Turkish butchers who live on land no theirs. Instanbul is an occupied city for centuries and the Muslims then complain about Israel...

Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 08/13/2012 - 08:16

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