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Mo Farah backs plan for night marathon in Qatar in 2019

British Olympic champion hails 'exciting' proposal which will be part of World Championships held in Doha

Mo Farah backs plan for night marathon in Qatar in 2019

British double Olympic champion Mo Farah has supported plans to run a night-time marathon at the 2019 World Athletics Championships to be held in Qatar.

Farah, speaking in Doha ahead of the 2015 Diamond League opener on Friday, was quoted as saying: "A night marathon which is proven is better for us in terms of climate... why not?

"I think sometimes I look at athletics and how do we make it exciting? It can be exciting if we work together," he said in comments published by AFP.

A night-time marathon was one of the proposals in Qatar`s successful bid to host the 2019 event.

The plan is for the runners to compete on a specially-lit course along Doha's waterfront, the Corniche.

Farah, on his first visit to Qatar, added that it was "great to be here in Doha".

He was speaking after Dahlan Al Hamad, the IAAF Vice-President, confirmed that Doha was still planning to press ahead with a night-time race.

He said athletics needed "innovation" and hoped the event would be "one of the best" of the championships.

The 2019 championships will be held in late September and early October to avoid the severe summer temperatures.

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