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Athletics Village unites communities

Athletics Village unites communities

Ikoli Victor
Doha
Spectators from different countries on Friday were in unison that the vibrant World Athletics Village at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 is the perfect platform to unite different cultures and backgrounds.
The village, located at the iconic Khalifa International Stadium, was divided into sections representing Africa, North and South America, Europe and Asia, with areas decorated in themes of each country, serving different food, entertainment and prize giveaways.
The stage performances and cultural booths attracted a lot of enthusiasts. The various countries Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon, Russia, Philippines, Jamaica had their booths activated. The Russian Nesting Dolls or Matroyshka was the obvious in the booth as the quintessential Russian souvenir. The Jamaican booth had images of the legendary musician Bob Marley and the greatest sprinter of all-time Usain Bolt.
It was the Bangladeshi community that opened the stage performances wowing the audience with their classical music. The audience danced and clapped to the rhythms of their music with many asking for more.
The talking drum and beats from the Ghanaian performance electrified the audience. There were eight drummers, two singers and two choreographers, who danced to the rhythm of the music. The response from the audience was followed with corresponding dance movements.
Other communities that enthralled the audience included Nigeria, Philippines, Ethiopia and Uganda.
Speaking of his experience at the fan zone, a Russian resident said: “This is a celebration not only for Qatar, but for the different communities residing in the country. The event provides a perfect platform to unite communities and cultures from across the world, which the World Athletics Village aims at.”
Asked why Russia is divided into Asian area, a Russian lady said that it is a transcontinental country having cultural affinity with Asia.
“I and my family are excited as we loved the materials exhibited at the different cultural booths. We took selfies with some of the country representatives and watched the live performances of Bangladesh and Ghana, very interesting and rich cultures,” said Bryan, a British national.
“This is my first attendance of a fan zone activity and I am happy because this promotes unity among the different communities not only in Qatar, but across the globe. It was beautiful to see the country performances and the cultural booths”, said Richard from Uganda.
A spectator from Granada said this is very welcome atmosphere seeing colours, images and people from different countries. We are united through sport and this must be encouraged.
The Athletics Village is open to welcome guests from 5.00pm daily, with entry free of charge on the day to anybody with a ticket to the competition that evening.

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