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Army of volunteers ready to serve at IAAF Worlds

Well-trained volunteers from over 100 nations will make athletes and fans feel at home in Doha.
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Students of the University of Calgary in Qatar, who will work as volunteers of the 2019 IAAF World Championships, pose for a picture. Photo: Twitter/ University of Calgary in Qatar

In 11 days, when thousands of athletes and fans converge in Doha for the 2019 IAAF World Championships, over 3,000 volunteers will be ready to make their journey a smooth affair.

The volunteer programme, which boasts of people from over 100 nations, is the biggest-ever such undertaking in terms of sheer numbers.

The multilingual team of volunteers, comprising people aged 10 to 70, will assist in every aspect of the competition – spectator services to ticketing to athlete well-being to medical services.

“Qatar is preparing to welcome thousands of people to its shores and every effort is being made to give them a warm traditional Qatari welcome. We’ve a multi-national team of volunteers who can speak different languages and understand diverse cultures, allowing a comforting experience for athletes, international media and spectators,” said the Local Organising Committee’s Director of Marketing and Communications Sheikha Asma Al Thani.

Over 80 professionally trained nursing students, from the University of Calgary in Qatar, will offer their support for medical operations throughout the 10-day event.

“I’m excited to volunteer and proud to be a part of this incredible event. I think this is a good example of how nurses can contribute to Qatari society and to big international events. It’ll be a lot of work and some long hours, but we’re looking forward to helping and learning as much as possible,” said Hajar Al Kuwari, a nursing student and volunteer.