The Qatar Volleyball Association is studying the possibility of bidding to host the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in 2018, two years after receiving the support of the former president of the sport's governing body for the tournament.
Doha staged volleyball's annual Men's Club World Championships between 2009 and 2012, and the women's edition from 2010 to 2012, and Khalid Al Mawlawi, president of the QVA, said the time was right to host the sport's premier event.
He said: “We are studying to host 2018 FIVB Men’s World Championship in Doha, which is in compliance with our ambitious desire as a leading nation to bring the world together throughout the sport."
The 2018 World Championship is expected to be awarded next year, when Poland play host.
The men's tournament has been held in Asia twice before, in Japan in 1998 and 2006.
Two years ago, Jizhong Wei, the then FIVB president, backed Qatar's 2018 credentials, noting: "Personally I know Qatar very well, I've been working with them ever since the Asian Games of 2006. I've seen how they have organised several sports events, and their professionalism is improving every day. Qatar will be organising other major events in the future - like the Fifa World Cup 2022 - and maybe even the volleyball World Championships for men in 2018. Qatar is definitely in contention."