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IAAF inspection team’s two-day visit begins today

RAAJIV TRIPATHI

DOHA THE International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) Evaluation Commission will have a packed itinerary during its two-day visit to Qatar. On Wednesday, it will be busy for nearly nine hours, as it starts assessing Doha’s ambitious proposal for the 2017 world championships.

Evaluation Commission head Bob Hersh and his team flew in from London, the only other bidder for the IAAF’s flagship event, and reached Doha on Tuesday.

The IAAF inspectors will start their day with a visit to Aspire Zone. They will stay there for more than two hours and examine the media centre and the championship venue.

The Women’s Indoor Hall at the Aspire Zone will be used by the Doha Bid 2017 Committee as the main media centre, while the championship will be held at the Khalifa International Stadium, in which the hosts have proposed to use environmentfriendly cooling technology to beat the heat and humidity.

The second stop on the IAAF team’s tour will be the Qatar Foundation’s new conference facility, the Qatar National Convention Centre. This location will be used for the 2017 IAAF congress. The assessment committee will also visit Katara, which is hosting the Pan Arab Games Exhibition.

Doha has brought the regional games – to be held from December 9 to 23 – to the Gulf for the first time and wishes to showcase the level of its arrangements for the event.

The visitors will also have a two-hour look-in at the Al Jazeera network, which has been playing a big role in boosting Qatar’s image as the emerging sports capital.

The second day of the IAAF inspection team is shorter but almost equally hectic. The team will visit Al Sadd Sports Club, which is hosting the Schools Olympic Program, an event that is drawing more Qatari kids to sports field.

After the half-hour opening ceremony of the School Olympic Program at 9.00 am, the Al Sadd Club will also display the cooling technology that Doha has planned to use to cool the Khalifa Stadium during the championship.

The IAAF team will also visit the Corniche which is to host the first night marathon race. Then they will visit the proposed site of the Athletes’ Village in Musheireb. This will be followed by a press conference at the QOC building.

at 12.30 pm. The Doha 2017 Bid Committee will hold its press conference after that.


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