Stars start descending on Doha for IAAF World Championships
Jamaican squad set up training camp in Doha, expecting to do better than last time.
With less than a week to for the start, some of the teams participating in the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 have started arriving in Doha.
Jamaican and Brazilian squads reached Doha on Thursday night while some members of the US team flew in on Friday night.
Meanwhile, the IAAF has reviewed the final entries and having realised that some of the qualified athletes would not be taking part due to injuries and personal reasons, decided to extend the entry deadline by a day.
“Having now been able to review the final entries, it is clear that some qualified athletes are currently not able to attend. Therefore, as a federation that always tries to put athletes’ interests first, we have the opportunity to open entries for one last short window in some events where we’ve yet to reach maximum target entry numbers,” said IAAF CEO Jon Ridgeon.
Member federations and athletes have been asked to confirm acceptance of the invitations by September 21 midnight when the invitational process will be finally closed.
The Jamaicans who arrived in Doha on Thursday night got down to business straightaway, setting up a training camp. The camp, being organised by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, will end on Monday and the competitors will then move into the Athletes Village.
David Riley, one of the coaches, said he expected this team to do better than they did two years ago in London. He also felt that the championship would provide a platform for their young athletes to make a smooth transition to the senior stage.
“We’ve a good mixture of experienced and young athletes, and that is good. Jamaica has a very good youth programme. A couple years ago, we topped the youth tables, and so we do have a wide base of athletes who we’re developing, and it’s just for us to continue to help them make the transition,” Riley told The Jamaica Gleaner before departing to Doha.
“We’ve a very good chance of doing better than we did the last time. Jamaica is still a superpower in track and field, and we aren’t going to fall off that for a very long time,” he said.
“We do have a lot of experience with the athletes, as well as the coaches, and we’ll go out there (Doha) and do very well. We’re developing to be a track and field nation, as opposed to a sprint nation. There’re opportunities outside of the traditional sprint events that we’ll do very well in, and, as a people, we’ve to mature and see those as notable performances”.