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Date : 13 Mar 2019
Doha, Qatar, March 12, 2019: Sebastian Coe, the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations, believes the World Athletics Championships in Qatar later this year will be special.
Coe, who was in Qatar for a two-day meeting of the IAAF board of directors which ended on Tuesday, praised the great work of the Organising Committee for the 17th edition of the World Athletics Championships to be held in Doha from September 27 to October 6, 2019.
The chairman of the organising committee is Qatar Olympic Committee President Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani and the vice-chairman is Dahlan Jumaan Al Hamad.
Coe said he was confident that Doha would organise a “special edition” of the World Athletics Championships and expressed his great satisfaction to the Government of Qatar for its great efforts to develop and support athletics.
Coe, who, along with other IAAF officials, visited the Khalifa International Stadium, the venue for the World Championships, praised the work carried out and the state of readiness to host the athletics showpiece.
The two-day council meeting of the IAAF made a number of key decisions including endorsing the future of the Diamond League which in 2020 will have 12 meetings leading to a single final at the end of the season.
“The IAAF Diamond League is the way millions of sports fans engage with athletics on a top level every year,” Coe said. “It is a strong circuit that is celebrating its 10th year but we can make it even stronger.”
The Council also approved a new Olympic qualification system for 2020 Tokyo, which will give athletes more opportunities to achieve the entry standards. The qualification window has also been extended by two months for most events.
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