Qatar to host 2019 World Athletics Championships

Doha wins bid for major event, which will be three years before FIFA World Cup

The Doha team celebrates winning the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships bid (Image: Jon Mulkeen/IAAF)
The Doha team celebrates winning the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships bid (Image: Jon Mulkeen/IAAF)

Qatar, which is set to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, is now set to be home to a second major global sporting event, after Doha won the right to host the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council voted to award the biennial event to the city yesterday at the Fairmont Hotel in Monaco, with the winning bid edging out Barcelona, Spain, and Eugene, USA.

"I am sure that in Doha we will have a wonderful edition of the World Championships,” said IAAF president Lamine Diack.

“I am convinced they are committed through sport to developing their country and their community, and they are doing the right things.”

The win solidifies Qatar’s status as a major sporting destination and the event will provide another opportunity to showcase the country and its capital on a global stage.

In 2010, Qatar won the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and, although its winning bid has been the subject of much scrutiny since then, football’s governing authority has insisted it will go ahead there.

Speaking about the Athletics World Championship win, bid leader Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said: "It's a privilege and honour to have the trust of the IAAF. I am very delighted that these championships are going to be for the first time in the region. I'm confident that with the support of the IAAF we will organise one of the best World Championships.

In 2010, Doha hosted the World Indoor Athletics Championships for the first time.

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