Doha, Qatar, 12 October: Doha 2020 today announced the appointment of VERO Communications and Andrew Craig as lead advisers to their bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Commenting on the appointments, Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee and Vice-President of Doha 2020, said: “We are delighted to have both VERO and Andrew Craig advising and supporting us in what we hope will be an historic campaign.

“Mike Lee and his VERO team have an unparalleled track record helping cities and nations successfully bid for mega sports events and they know our passion for sport having worked with the QOC and Qatar’s successful World Cup bid. Allied to Andrew Craig’s top level expertise in sports marketing and International Relations, this is a great combination and a boost to our bid.”

Noora Al-Mannai, Doha 2020 CEO, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have secured the skills and expertise of both VERO and Andrew Craig. We have already started building our Doha bid team and it is great to have people of genuine credibility in the international business of sport advising our project.

“Our mission is to show the Olympic Family what Qatar and the region has to offer and we will be making further announcements shortly on appointments and how our bid will be structured to deliver that goal.”

Speaking on VERO’s appointment, Mike Lee OBE, VERO Chairman, said: “This is an exciting time for Qatar and the Middle East and to have the opportunity to play a part in helping to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games to the region for the first time is very special. Doha 2020 has made a very strong start with visionary and talented leadership and we are proud to be part of the campaign and team.”

Andrew Craig, Chairman of The Craig Company, said: “I am honoured to be working with Doha 2020. This bid has tremendous potential to deliver something amazing for Qatar, the Middle East and the Olympic Movement. As we move forward there will be many opportunities to communicate the vision, plans and genuine legacy of the Doha bid.”