‘Qatar doing its best for athletics development’
IAAF Vice-President Dahlan Al Hamad says the World Championships will open up a whole new audience for the sport.
Dahlan Juman Al Hamad, Vice-President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Director General of the Local Organising Committee for the 2019 Doha World Championships said hosting the event in Qatar’s capital would eventually benefit the sport and region.
“Hosting the IAAF for the first time in the Middle East provides unique opportunities to connect the sport with new fans. It’ll help build a whole new audience,” said Dahlan during his keynote speech at the Sports Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) inter-regional summit in Doha on Monday.
“The Worlds will inspire new athletes, including young women, and leave a legacy across the region,” he added.
Dahlan felt athletics should not be the monopoly of one region or area.
“We need to take big-time athletics to new areas and regions for a successful future,” he said.
He said Qatar was doing everything possible for the sport’s global development and its efforts would be reflected at the Doha Worlds.
“We’ll work hard to capture the attention of young people across the region through sporting innovation and creativity.”
Dahlan Juman Al Hamad.
“We’ll work hard to capture the attention of young people across the region through sporting innovation and creativity,” the IAAF Vice-President said.
“The Doha edition will feature midnight marathons, mixed relay and vibrant fan zones, apart from convenient scheduling (only evening sessions) to allow families and children to enjoy the competitions,” he added.
While emphasising that Qatar was the centre of athletics in the Middle East Dahlan said there were many factors that motivated the country to host big sports events.
“We look to sport to unite and strengthen the friendship of nations. Through sport we want to protect and motivate a new generation to live a better life. Sport helps create new horizons and new opportunities,” added the top Qatari official, who is also the President of the Asian Athletics Association.
“By organising the IAAF World Championships in Doha we want to send out a message to the whole world and also want to show the world how good Qatar is,” he said.