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Qatar waits for IAAF vote on 2017 world championship

World athletics chiefs gather in Monaco to deliver verdict on Doha and London bids

Qatar waits for IAAF vote on 2017 world championship
Action from in the mens 3000m at the IAAF Diamond League in Doha on May 6, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)

The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) will deliver its vote later on Friday on whether Doha or London will host the 2017 World Championships.

Qatar's delegation, led by Qatar Athletics Association Federation (QAAF) President and Doha 2017 Bid Committee executive director Abdullah Al Zaini is in Monaco to hear the result.

Qatar submitted copies of its formal request to host the IAAF World Championships in 2017 in September and the Gulf state's heir apparent has pledged his full support to the bid.

Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, said the Qatari government will spare no effort in order to make it possible for Doha to host the IAAF showcase event. 

In comments published by Qatar News Agency (QNA), he said: "The Doha bid for the 2017 IAAF World Championships has the full and absolute support of the Government and the people of Qatar. 

"Sport is central to our national vision and we want the great sport of Athletics to have new opportunities in our country and in the Middle East," he added.

"Our team has put together a great bid with many creative and unique features. Doha's bid guarantees certainty, innovation and a platform for Athletics to reach new fans, a dynamic region and an exciting new market for the sport's most important event."

On Wednesday, the chairman of the UK’s athletics association said he was not concerned about a £5m ($7.9m) donation by Qatar to the IAAF as part of the bid to host the 2017 World Championships.

Ed Warner said in comments published by UK media that the payment was unlikely to end his country’s chances of hosting the 2017 athletics showcase event.

The payment, which is not illegal, was unlikely to affect the UK’s bid, said Warner in comments published by the UK's Telegraph newspaper.

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