Doha, Riyadh wins race to host Asian in 2030 and 2034 respectively

Asian Games 2030 Doha: Doha will host the 2030 Asian Games and rival Riyadh will stage the event in 2034 following a vote at today’s Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly in Muscat.

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 Games will be held in West Asia with an intriguing race between two fierce political opponents ending with both Qatar and Saudi Arabia having something to show for it.

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 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.

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