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John Lauermann


Doha's Failed Olympic Bid

[The Logo for Doha 2020, the Olympic Bid Committee. Image from http://www.doha2020.qc/en]

On 24 May, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ended an executive meeting in Quebec, Canada. Among the topics on the docket was the selection of potential host cities for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Of the five “applicant cities” submitting bids for consideration–Baku, Doha, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo– Baku (Azerbaijan) and Doha (Qatar) were not selected to proceed to the “candidate” phase of the bidding process. After losing a bid for the 2016 games (to Rio de Janeiro), ...

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John Lauermann


John Lauermann is a PhD student in Geography at Clark University. He researches the links between business practice, urban politics, and development governance. Past research has explored street vending in Yemen, and small business technology use in Tanzania. He is currently researching the role of megaevents (Olympics, World Cups, etc.) and tourism-led development in urban policy. His research portfolio is available at