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Qatar to Host IAAF World Historic Track & Field Championships

DOHA, Qatar – The 17th IAAF World Championships in Athletics kicked off Thursday in Qatar – the first Middle East country to host the biennial competition, Al-Jazeera reported Thursday.
More than 1,900 athletes from 210 countries will participate in 24 events over 10 days.
The main events will take place at the Khalifa International Stadium, a 40,000-seat facility that reopened in May 2017 after renovations.
100m World Champion Justin Gatlin, six-time Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix of the United States, and sprinters Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, among others, will be the highlights of the training in Doha.
At the age of 49, the Spaniard Jesus Angel Garcia will become the oldest competitor in the history of the championships when he starts on Saturday the 50 km race.
Two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya will be a notable absentee after a Swiss court overturned a ruling that temporarily lifted the IAAF’s regulations requiring female athletes to take drugs to naturally reduce high testosterone levels.
Tickets for the finish line are exhausted for the 10 days of the event and more than 200,000 spectators are expected, said Hamad al-Obaidly, head of media and communications of the local organizing committee (LOC), in Al Jazeera.
Advanced, environmental friendly, advanced cooling technology has been installed to maintain the steering temperature at an optimum temperature of 26 ° C, which can be reduced to 17 ° C.
Eighteen athletes, including two women, will represent the host country, Qatar, which won the hostage rights in 2014, beating rival cities Eugene in the United States and Barcelona, Spain.
Mariam Mandouh Farid, a prominent Qatari athlete who won the triple jump at the West Asian Athletics Championships in Jordan last year, will compete in the 400m hurdles on Tuesday.
Mamdouh told Al Jazeera that there was “a lot of pressure” in the home competition.
“This time there is so much pressure … it’s in Qatar, everyone is watching,” said the 21-year-old university student. “I want to do my best, introduce myself to the world and represent Qatar as a future athlete.”
She added that the event taking place on its territory “will motivate and inspire future generations and open the door to many people”.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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