Qatar to host 'unforgettable' athletics event in 2017

Doha 2017 bid team reveals plan to build Athletics City plus state-of-the-art stadium
Qatar to host 'unforgettable' athletics event in 2017
Action from the mens 400 metres hurdles heats during day three of the 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Daegu Stadium, South Korea. (Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 05 Sep 2011 06:49 PM

Qatar officials said on Monday that everything was in place to host the 2017 IAAF World Championships, saying the Gulf state would make it an "unforgettable" event.

The Doha 2017 bid team, which will be sole rivals to London for the event, said it would develop a project called "Athletics City" to accommodate the athletes and the IAAF if their bid was successful.

Officials also promised to deliver a state-of-the-art stadium for the championships which would "exceed all expectations" and "set new standards".

Doha’s experience in developing sport throughout the country and region makes Doha 2017 the right partner to work together with the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations), a statement said.

Doha, in a bid to avoid some of its hottest weather, would like to hold the championships in September rather than the traditional August date.

The IAAF said it will consider the request in the coming weeks.

The Qatar Association of Athletics Federation, in collaboration with the Qatar Olympic Committee on Monday launched their official candidacy for the 2017 IAAF World Championships, Qatar News Agency said.

It said Qatar Olympic Committee secretary general Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani will be the chief of the Doha 2017 IAFF World Championships Bid Committee.

Abdulla Al Zaini, QAAF president and executive director of Doha 2017 Bid Committee, said: "After months of preparation, we are delighted to have submitted our plans to the IAAF.

"Our experienced team, with the full support from all levels of government, is eager to work with the IAAF over the coming months to finalise the plans to fit their needs and ensure that the 2017 IAAF World Championships set new standards."

Last year, Qatar won the rights to host the 2022 World Cup football tournament and has submitted a bid to stage the 2020 Olympic Games.

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