The 2030 Asian Games were awarded in Doha on Wednesday and the 2034 event went to Riyadh after a deal between rival nations. The Qatari capital of Doha defeated Saudi Arabia’s counterpart Riyadh at the General Assembly of the Asia Council of Asia for the 2030 Games.
The vote came amid a long-running political dispute between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Saudi Arabia is one of four countries that have implemented a trade and travel boycott on Qatar since 2017, although there have been recent indications that the dispute may be resolved.
The OCA reached a deal to vote on the 2030 host, but to give the 2034 event to another candidate.
Kuwait’s OCA President Sheikh Ahmed al-Fahd al-Sabah said, “No winner, no loser is meant, thanking Saudi and Qatari foreign ministers and conference host Oman for helping the broker on the deal.” “Thanks for solidarity and coordination, Asia.”
Qatari Boli officials wore masks and waved flags as they celebrated together. The sum of the votes was not immediately announced.
Qatar will also host the 2022 World Cup.
Voting on Wednesday was repeatedly delayed due to problems with the electronic voting system with many delegates amid the coronovirus epidemic. In the hall, 26 delegates were given paper ballots and 19 voted remotely.
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