Country officials and delegates unite for a special evening in honour of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019

Senior officials from across the globe – Europe, Africa, the USA and Asia – recently gathered at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha to celebrate the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, the largest sporting event so far, to be held in the Middle East.

The gathering offered a glimpse of the excitement that is set to turn Doha into an athletics epicentre when 3,500 athletes, officials and coaches head to Doha for the ten-day championship games in September this year.

Guests were welcomed by the Vice President of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Dahlan Al Hamad, who set the tone of the evening with an inspiring video showcasing the action-packed schedule that the championships will bring to fans of all cultures and communities.

As figureheads of their respective communities across Qatar, the embassies shared their experiences of sport and how they can help bring families and friends from their countries to support the World Athletics Championships, which will see athletes competing from 213 countries, in what will be the first  World Athletics Championships in the Middle East.

Al Hamad said the competition is taking place in Qatar, but they intend to make it a celebration for the whole world, in partnership with peoples of the region and a chance for expatriates who call Qatar home to see their fellow countrymen and women compete at the grandest stage.

To establish that bridge to the world, we will be glad to work with embassies and the diplomatic corps to bring us closer to the world and forge the connections that we aim for in order to turn this event into a memorable universal experience that fans (can) reflect on over the years.’

School children throughout Qatar will also play a pivotal role in the country’s biggest sporting event to date, thanks to an initiative which will see thousands of youngsters attend the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019. Through this initiative, the Local Organising Committee for the World Championships Doha 2019 will ensure that all engagements are tailor-made to the requirements of schools, allowing youngsters to flourish with the planned educational activities.

Earlier this month, the Khalifa International Stadium hosted the Asian Athletics Championships and the IAAF Diamond League. Fans can now buy tickets online to ensure they don’t miss out on the action. The IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 will be held from 28 September to 6 October.

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