Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim and Abderrahman Samba have donated some kit to the IAAF Heritage Collection which will be on display at the IAAF Heritage World Athletics Championships Exhibition which opens in City Centre Doha shopping mall in one weeks’ time.
Barshim, the reigning World high jump champion, has donated his London 2012 Olympic Games competition vest and number, while Samba has given the bodysuit which he wore when winning the 2018 IAAF Continental Cup 400 m hurdles title.
At the exhibition opening ceremony on the evening of Thursday, 18 April the Qatari stars who are the second-best all-time performers in their respective events, will officially hand over their donations to IAAF President Sebastian Coe and Dahlan Al Hamad, IAAF Vice President and Director General of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 Local Organising Committee.
Barshim, the 2017 IAAF World Athlete of the Year, said:
The opening of the exhibition, just three days before the Asian Championships begin, is a major step on the road to the start of the IAAF World Athletics Championships in September. I’m really pleased that my London 2012 kit which I wore when taking my first Olympic medal will be on the public show, helping to promote the excitement of athletics and the best of Qatari sport.’
Samba, the 2018 Asian Games champion, was equally excited when he stated:
The IAAF Continental Cup last summer was my first major global victory, so I’m delighted that the bodysuit from that race will be in the exhibition and will be preserved long term in the IAAF Heritage Collection. I hope its display will help inspire more Qataris to take up sport and to turn out to support Qatar’s national team at the World Championships.’
Joining Barshim and Samba on stage at the Opening Ceremony will be three all-time greats: Britain’s Liz McColgan, 1991 World 10,000 m and 1992 World Half Marathon champion, Finland’s four-time Olympic champion Lasse Viren and Poland’s Anita Włodarczyk, the two-time Olympic and three-time World Hammer Throw champion and world record holder.