Qatar submits bid for 2017 world athletics event

Gulf state competes to host another major sporting event; up against London, Barcelona, Budapest
Qatar submits bid for 2017 world athletics event
By Andy Sambidge
Fri 02 Sep 2011 09:55 AM

Qatar has formally submitted its bid to host the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships in its latest move for a seat on the global sporting top table.

Dahlan Jumaan Al Hamad, deputy chairman of Qatar's bid team, handed over the bid file in the South Korean city of Daegu, which is currently hosting the 2011 event, state news agency QNA said.

Qatar, named late last year as winning bidders for the 2022 football World Cup, hosted the world indoor championships last year.

And last week, the Qatar Olympic Committee confirmed it would bid for the 2020 Olympic Games after getting approval to move the event to the autumn to avoid the hot summer months in the Gulf state.

Qatar will be up against Budapest, London and Barcelona to host the 2017 world championships which are held biennially.

The 2013 edition will be in Moscow, Russia and the Chinese capital city Beijing will play host to the 2015 edition.

The winning host for the 2017 event will be announced in Monaco in November.

Qatar's bid for the 2017 World Championship got a shot in the arm on Wednesday when Al Hamad was elected to the post of IAAF's vice-president for the third term in succession.

Maher Al-Saifi, who is looking after the public relations and marketing of the Doha bid, said: "Our plan is to launch the worldwide campaign for our bid after the Worlds. We'll kick off the promotional activities in Brussels, on September 16, when the Diamond League comes to a close."

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