Qatar edges closer to hosting 2019 World Athletics Championships
Competing against Spain and the U.S
As controversy continues to surround the country's 2022 World Cup host win, Qatar pushes on – aiming to host a second huge sporting event in the Middle East, the 2019 World Athletics Championships.
Officials representing the Qatar Athletics Federation (QAF) and Qatar Olympic Committee travelled to Monaco this week, attending the seminar at the headquarters of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), where the requirements for hosting the athletics event were laid out.
Qatar's Doha is up against Barcelona, Spain and Eugene in the United States.
On the recent trip, officials from the three cities were informed that if successful they would be expected to accommodate 13,000 officials, volunteers, accredited broadcasters and media and stage 47 athletics events, which would be broadcast around the world.
Speaking of the ambitious bid, Dahlan Jumaan Al Hamad, president of the QAF and vice president of the IAAF said: "Over many years of working together as trusted partners the QAF and IAAF have developed a strong collaboration through the successful staging of major international athletics events in Qatar including the annual Doha IAAF Diamond League, the 2010 World Indoor Athletics Championships and the 2006 Asian Games. Together many strides have been taken to advance athletics in Asia and across the Middle East but the ambition to host the IAAF World Championship in 2019 in Doha is a natural next step."
Final bids will be submitted by all 3 countries to the IAAF on September 25, and the IAAF Evaluation Commission will visit each candidate city in October before a final decision will be made by the IAAF Council at its meeting in Monaco on November 20.