For the very first time the IAAF World Championships is coming to the Middle East.
The 17th edition of the athletics event will start on Friday (September 27) and will run until October 6.
The biggest and most exciting sporting event to come to the city(until the World Cup 2022, of course), takes place at the renovated multi-purpose Khalifa International Stadium in Al Waab.
From watching your favourite athletes perform live to trying different cuisines in the World Athletics Village, here’s everything you need to know about this legendary sporting event in Doha.
The IAAF World Athletics Championships, the third biggest sporting event in the world, is a biennial athletics event organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Originally held every four years (first in 1983), the current two-year cycle began in 1991.
Over the years, several new events have been added, mostly for women.
Doha won the bid to host the event in 2014 and it’s the first city in the Middle East to host this event in the history of athletics.
The 2021 championships will take place in Eugene, USA.
Commonly referred to as the World Championships in Athletics (WCH), this year, the event will receive 205 countries and 3,500 athletes with approximately 10,000 international guests, 30,000 spectators from outside Qatar and more than 2,000 media personnel.
The event will be broadcasted to more than 200 countries reaching out to more than seven million viewers.
Also, the IAAF Congress Elections will take place in Doha.
The iconic Khalifa Stadium already has its claim to fame from international events such as the Asian Games, the AFC Cup and the Gulf Cup.
However, thanks to a three-year expansion and renovation project, the stadium is now more technologically advanced than ever before.
The venue is now ultra-modern with cutting-edge features such as air-conditioning technology, LED lighting and digital floodlights, providing optimal performance conditions for athletes and an unparalleled viewing experience for spectators. The ground-breaking cooling technology is 40 percent more sustainable than existing techniques.
Over 10 days, 24 different events will be held for male and female athletes.
The first women’s marathon event was debuted at the Olympics in 1984. A midnight marathon at the IAAF World Athletics Championships will be introduced this year in Doha.
Don’t miss out on this event, especially as it takes place along Doha’s iconic corniche and against a backdrop of the beautifully-illuminated skyline. This marathon starts midnight on September 27-28.
A new format of the competition’s schedule sees all morning sessions removed and split evening sessions introduced for the first time with one-hour intervals to allow for entertainment and family activities.
The competition will also see the global debut of the first 4x400m mixed relay ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
For a full list of all the events and the time-table, visit the website.
The fan zone
The World Athletics Village is the first ever sporting fan zone in Qatar to celebrate communities across the globe.
The fan zone will feature entertainment and cuisines from more than 200 countries.
Spectators will be treated to a whole host of activities with performers including dance acts from different communities as well as an opportunity to meet and greet with athletes post competition.
The cultural celebration will see the Village divided into areas which represent Africa, North and South America, Europe and Asia, with areas decorated in the themes of each country, serving different food, entertainment and prize giveaways.
The World Athletics Village is open from 5pm daily. Entry is free of charge, but you must possess a ticket to the competition that evening.
You can choose tickets for individual events such as high jump, hurdles, javelin and others on different days with varied timings.
Category A seating, which is open seating, is priced at QR60.
Follow your Champion A seating area is priced at QR150 and Follow your Champion B at QR120.
Finish Line tickets are QR300. Sky boxes and special needs seating are available.
To purchase tickets online, visit bit.ly/2mwCUpG.
This is the third biggest sporting event in the world and it’s the first time it’s being held in the Middle East. Do you need any more reasons to go?
From QR60. Sept 27-Oct 6. Timings vary. Khalifa Stadium and Corniche, www.iaafworldathleticschamps.com/doha2019/.