Doha Named as Hosts For 2019 IAAF World Championships

November 18, 2014

Doha has been chosen to host the 2019 IAAF World Championships, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council announced today.

Doha, Qatar, was selected by a vote of Council over Barcelona (Spain) and Eugene (USA) for the right to host the 17th edition of the IAAF World Championships.

“I am sure that in Doha we will have a wonderful edition of the World Championships. I am convinced they are committed through sport to developing their country and their community, and they are doing the right things,” said IAAF President Lamine Diack.

Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, the Doha bid leader said: “It’s a privilege and honour to have the trust of the IAAF.

“I am very delighted that these championships are going to be for the first time in the region. I’m confident that with the support of the IAAF we will organise one of the best World Championships,” he added.

Dahlan Al Hamad, Qatari Athletics Federation President and an IAAF Council member added: “This is a great moment for me as the president of the Qatari Athletics Federation, and as a Qatari. We have dreamed about organising such an event for a long time and, on behalf of the Qatari athletics final, we would like to thank the IAAF Council and IAAF Family for giving Qatar the chance to host one of the most prestigious championships.

“We have always delivered what we have promised, such as in 2010 when we had the World Indoor Championships. Since that time we have committed to working hand in hand with the IAAF to optimise their globalisation philosophy,” added Dahlan Al Hamad.