Doha to host 2030 Asian Games; Riyadh gets 2034 edition

Qatar will host their second Asian Games while Saudi Arabia hosts the continental event for the first time

By Samrat Chakraborty ·

The hosting rights for the 2030 Asian Games has been awarded to Doha, Qatar’s capital city. The 2034 edition of the Games will also be held in West Asia, with Saudi Arabian city of Riyadh set to be the next hosts.

The decision was announced after an Executive Committee meeting of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on Wednesday who approved the proposal to name the runner-up in the race for 2030 edition as the hosts in 2034.

The voting was conducted online with many national associations participating remotely due to the travel restrictions forced by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Doha has previously hosted the Asian Games once, back in 2006 while Saudi Arabia are set to host the Asian Games for the very first time.

Qatar have been positioning themselves as a sporting destination in Asia recently and are set to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022. 

"Our goal is simple. We want to see more Asian athletes in the future, on future Olympic podiums," said Qatar Olympic Committee chief Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani ahead of the vote.

"We want that to be part of your national sports history, not just ours. And we want to support you in the efforts to get there." 

The 2022 Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou (China) while the 2026 edition is being held at Nagoya (Japan).