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Doha to bid for 2019 world athletics meet

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DOHA QATAR will mount second bid to bring the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships to Doha.

IAAF vice-president from the Asian region Brigadier Dahlan Jumaan al Hamad, who will be in Monaco soon to attend the IAAF board meeting, will discuss Doha’s second attempt for bringing the world championship to the Middle East for the first time.

While talking on the sidelines of the Qatar Open 2012 at the Doha Golf Club on Tuesday, Hamad said: “The (Doha) bid (for the 2019 edition) is still there” I have no idea when the bid will be decided by the IAAF council. But we’re indeed interested in bringing the championship to Doha.” He also said, “I’m going to Monaco next week to attend the IAAF executive body meeting. I hope we can open the discussion about Doha’s new bid.” The 2013 (Moscow), 2015 (Beijing) and 2017 world championships have already been allotted.

It is worth mentioning that Qatar was one of the two bidders for the 2017 edition. But other contender London went on to win the rights to hold the premier IAAF championship during the IAAF General Assembly in Monaco in November last year.

Before the two bidders went to the poll, the IAAF had made an offer to both London and Doha to decide about the 2017 and 2019 editions. But it is believed that neither was willing to host the latter championship.

And in the ensuing voting, London edged Doha out of the race for the 2017 championship organising rights.

Choosing to be partner with IAAF in development of athletics, Doha had put up a strong and rich bid for the 2017 championships. It had offered 5 million pounds prize money which the IAAF could use to develop the sport in different parts of the world.

The Doha plan was to shift the event from customary time to late September or early October to protect athletes from heat and humidity was also approved by IAAF President Lamine Diack. The second- generation solar-powered cooling system was meant to cool the inside temperatures of the proposed Khalifa International Stadium in Aspire Zone.

But it is reported that the IAAF council, under intense pressure from the sponsors, selected London over Doha and granted the championships to the Great Britain for the first time.

The world championship is flagship event of the IAAF. It started in 1983.

Earlier, it was organised every four years but in 1993, it became a biennial championship. Finland, Germany and Japan have hosted it twice. In the last five years, Asia has held it twice – 2007 in Osaka (Japan) and 2011 in Daegu (South Korea).


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