Qatar moves closer to hosting 2019 World Athletics Championships

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Qatar moved a step closer to hosting another major sporting tournament as it aims to win the right to stage the 2019 World Athletics Championships, the third-largest sports event in the world.

An official delegation representing the Qatar Athletics Federation (QAF) and Qatar Olympic Committee travelled to Monaco this week to attend a seminar at the headquarters of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) in which the requirements for hosting the athletics event in five years were laid out.

Doha is competing with rival candidate cities Barcelona (Spain) and Eugene (United States of America) to win the right to host the event.

At the two-day event, officials from the three cities were told they would be required to accommodate 13,000 officials, volunteers, accredited broadcasters and media and stage 47 athletics events, which will be broadcast around the world.

Dahlan Jumaan Al Hamad, President of the QAF, who is also Vice President of the IAAF, was quoted as saying: “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.”

IAAF General Secretary Essar Gabriel added: “The IAAF is proud and excited to have three excellent cities – Doha, Barcelona and Eugene – teaming up with our federations coming from three continents joining us on this journey to select the host for the 2019 World Championships, the most important athletics competition in the IAAF calendar.

The final bids will be submitted to the IAAF on September 25, the IAAF Evaluation Commission will visit each candidate city in October and a final decision will be made by the IAAF Council at its meeting in Monaco on November 20.

The move comes as the Gulf state this week again moved to stem criticism of the decision to award it hosting duties of the 2022 World Cup.

Qatar’s World Cup 2022 Supreme Committee communications director Nasser Al Khater commented on continuing allegations of corruption during the bidding process for the World Cup in 2022 during an interview in Brazil with Al Jazeera television.

“First of all it is actually an investigation into the bidding process of 2018, 2022 World Cup, Qatar is part of that, Russia 2018 is part of that, the whole process is part of that, everybody involved is part of this investigation. So it is unfortunate that people single out Qatar every time they discuss it, which is absolutely not the case,” Al Khater said.

“We’ve been true to what we have said in the past, our statements that we always put up – [that we] have held ourselves to the highest ethical standards. We believe in it, we are confident of it and we are confident of how we’ve behaved.”

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Posted by: MT3

I'm guessing you've never seen the facilities at the University of Oregon and the incredible sports research facilities at the nearby Nike campus at Beavertown and you probably, therefore, don't know why Eugene is known as Track Town in the most successful track and field country in Olympic history. Eugene has more sports DNA in the nail on its little finger than the whole of Qatar ever will.

Posted by: Qatari

Don't get me wrong, if Qatar didn't win the bid I would still want Eugene to have it. It's a good place with nice people and perfect city for studying. I just don't see it at the same level with Barcelona and Qatar. It has good places to go to, 13th St. is a very unique place with lots of home grown businesses.

Good luck to all competing cities. :)

Posted by: MT3

Amazing, small world - when were you there/what did you study? Why hating on the Ducks - you've got to support your own. Can't agree regarding the town - you obviously weren't looking in the right places.

Posted by: Qatari

I studied at UofO buddy (Go Ducks? NOT), the only sport facility worth mentioning is Knight stadium. The city (150,000 population) turns into a ghost town at 5:00pm. The present sports facility there is only comparable to the ones in Qatar in the 1990's.

I am guessing you've never been to Aspire Zone, Qatar.

Posted by: Qatari

Eugene, Oregon ?! What a joke.

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