Qatar ready to welcome the world

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Qatar is ready to welcome the world. That was the simple message yesterday from Director General of the LOC Dhalan Al Hamad, just three days prior to the start of the 2019 Doha World Athletics Championships.


To make it a unique edition of the worlds, Doha will stage the first-ever night marathon facing the Corniche waterfront on September 27.

“Qatar is ready to host an extraordinary edition of the World Athletics Championships,” Al Hamad said.

“The Khalifa International Stadium is ready and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) has finalised the logistical and organisational level preparations.

“We are confident in our abilities to host a magnificent event. We want to reflect Qatar’s image as a sports-loving country. Our goal is to show Qatar’s image as one of the most open countries in the world,” Al Hamad said.

“Qatar will impress the world with what it will offer in this exceptional edition through our preparations as Qatar always strives to set a distinctive benchmark when hosting any tournament. Also the events at the Khalifa International Stadium will be unique in terms of environmentally friendly cooling and digital technologies that we will use. Even the lighting standard is pretty unique,” he added.

Al Hamad said before the event begins at the iconic Khalifa International Stadium, Doha will also host delegations from 211 IAAF member federations for the 52nd IAAF Congress.

“Delegations from 211 IAAF federations will meet at the 52nd IAAF Congress, two days before the start of the tournament. Twenty seven congressional elections will be held. The first day of Congress will witness the ratification of the proposed changes to laws and regulations,” Al Dahlan, who is also the President of the Asian Athletics Association, said.

Al Hamad, a Vice President of the IAAF, said: “We are ready to be gracious hosts. Ready to connect the world of athletics. Ready to inspire a new generation and ready to welcome athletes and fans from all corners of the world.

“Qatar is a young and ambitious nation. We hope that seeing is believing and as you can see today we are ready to deliver upon our promises, from our stadium to our airport, our infrastructure to accommodation and our world-famous hospitality. Everything is in place including a growing excitement and energy amongst the local community,” Al Hamad said.

“In hosting the first ever IAAF World Athletics Championships in the Middle East, we have a shared vision and commitment in partnering with the IAAF, to grow participation of this wonderful sport across Qatar, the region and the world,” he said.

“To have such an ambition requires innovative, creative and bold thinking. That is why an exciting new schedule exists with new formats. That’s why this stadium has cooling technology and why we want our young athletes and our local community to experience it live for themselves. That’s why we will introduce a midnight marathon. All these developments take imagination but stem from a single goal of enhancing athletics worldwide,” Al Hamad added.

Abdulla Al Mulla, Director of Media and Broadcasting, said his team has set things in motion to welcome the media world at the state-of-the-art media centre located inside the Qatar Women’s Sports Committee’s Indoor Hall.

“We will work to provide all means of comfort and facilities for the media in order to convey the true image of the championship and let me tell you, it will be exceptional by all standards, whether at the organisational level, logistics or in any other way,” Al Mulla said.

In all 1998 athletes will represent 209 countries from five continents including 1015 male and 983 female athletes. The competitions will be held over 10 days at Khalifa International Stadium and Doha Corniche.


Hamad Al Obaidly, Head of Public Relations at Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) and Liaison of the LOC, said: “The Qatar Olympic Committee always strives to strengthen cooperation with local media as a key partner in the success of any event and it is the same for this tournament also. We are proud to see a huge presence of international and local media getting ready to cover the 2019 Doha World Athletics Championships.”