Qatar places winning bid to host the 2019 Athletics World Championships
Running to schedule
Doha has been chosen to host the 2019 World Athletics Championships, as Qatar's latest sporting-host bid triumph put the Middle East nation once more back into the spotlight.
Less than a week after the controversy over Qatar's selection to stage football's World Cup in 2022 was reignited, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was not put off by potential criticism.
After an investigation, FIFA last week cleared Qatar of wrongdoing regarding its 2022 bid, only to unleash a new reason for questions when the chief investigator disowned the conclusions of the governing body's report.
At its meeting in Monaco, the IAAF Council still selected for Doha ahead of former Olympic hosts Barcelona and Eugene, the Nike-backed home of athletics in the United States... Somewhat of a surprise to most.
Doha's latest victory underlines the ever-growing pulling power of Qatar's plan to be a major, credible force in the sporting industry.
There is no doubt that it will still be very hot, with average October temperatures in Doha around 30 degrees, and so to spare marathon runners the most forbidding conditions the races will be staged on fully floodlit roads after darkness falls early in Doha, according to organisers.
The Middle East has never hosted the championship before, however this city's staging of the 2010 world indoor championships and five increasingly impressive international invitation meets has demonstrated its ability to do so.