IAAF Unveils Exciting & Innovative Format for Doha 2019 Worlds

IAAF Unveils Exciting & Innovative Format for Doha 2019 Worlds
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Published May 5th, 2018 - 21:23 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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The Doha 2019 IAAF World Championships logo
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A midnight marathon spectacle at the scenic seafront Doha Corniche and mixed 4x400m are among many innovations the organisers have planned for the Doha 2019 IAAF World Championships to wow fans and athletes, besides inspiring youngsters throughout the world.

IAAF Vice-President and Doha 2019 Local Organising Committee Vice-Chairman Dahlan al Hamad announced some of the details of the 2019 worlds schedule at a press conference in Doha on Friday.

Also present on the occasion were IAAF President Sebastian Coe, Doha 2019 LOC Marketing and Communications Director Sheikha Asma al Thani, Doha 2019 LOC Marketing and Communications Deputy Director Noha Essawi, local young athletes Soud al Hamadi and Mariam Farid, one of the Brand Ambassadors during the championship bid.

The morning schedule has been scrapped for the first time. There will be just one session in the evening with one-hour intervals included in each session to combine entertainment and family-centred activities with the excitement of the competitive action, engaging all ages and interests through athletics.

The presentation of the 100m races on the 100 metres long screen along the home straight of the Khalifa International Stadium track is still among many possibilities to showcase the worlds like never before. But more details will be declared later, Dahlan added.

Dahlan said,"It is our ambition to organise an innovative, creative and exciting event that inspires and engages new fans, new athletes and new audiences and maximises the full potential of our region's first-ever IAAF World Championships.

We are very excited to unveil, in partnership with the IAAF, the new competition schedule and night marathon format today.

"These will enable us to showcase the sport like never seen before, capturing the attention of young people in Qatar and around the world and connecting them to the contagious excitement of athletics," he added.

IAAF President Coe said:"Finding ways to bring the emotion and appeal of athletics to the local community and the region has always been one of Doha's ambitions for hosting the IAAF World Championships. It is exciting to see the way the World Championships are being developed and adapted to the host country and region mixing world class competition with an ambitious entertainment and engagement plan that we hope will delight athletes, spectators and viewers around the world."

"We have some great World Championship firsts as well. The first 4x400m mixed relay will have its global debut ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the first midnight marathon, the evening sessions with semi-finals and finals only and dedicated slots in the timetable for the final stages of field events allowing full focus on the decisive and most thrilling moments and attempts," Coe added.

The spectacular midnight marathon will take place along Doha's iconic Corniche with the city's iconic night skyline as a beautiful backdrop. Lights along the entire route will bring the full marathon to life with spectators enjoying family-friendly activations to give the event a festival atmosphere for athletes and fans alike.

Commenting on the opportunity, Sheikha Asma al Thani, said:"It is our ambition that the World Championships in Doha will help to inspire more young girls from across the region to see that anything is possible and that they can achieve their dreams. We want to break down barriers and change perceptions of Arab women in sport, and inspire and empower more and more girls to participate in sport at any level."

Both young athletes Soud al Hamadi and Mariam Farid said that they are proud to be part of the Qatar national team and have been working hard, hoping to make it to the worlds next year.

By Raajiv Tripathi

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