Discover Qatar, in association with the Local Organising Committee of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, is proud to welcome visitors to the 17th edition of the competition, which takes place from 27 September to 6 October 2019 in Doha, Qatar at the impressive Khalifa International Stadium.
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The 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Doha 2019, will take place from September 27 to October 6, 2019. Over 10 days, 42 different events will be held for male and female athletes. The first-ever midnight marathon will feature in Doha, while a new format of the competition’s schedule sees an evening-only schedule introduced for the first time with intervals to allow for entertainment and family activities. The competition will also see the global debut of the first 4x400m mixed relay ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The host venue for the Middle East’s first-ever IAAF World Athletics Championships will be the iconic and technologically advanced Khalifa International Stadium. Built in 1976, the 40,000-seater has long been the cornerstone of Qatar’s sporting tradition. It has played host to some of the most illustrious sporting events, including the Asian Games, the Gulf Cup and the AFC Asian Cup.
Thanks to a three-year renovation and expansion project, the national icon was transformed into an ultramodern venue equipped with cutting-edge features such as air-conditioning technology, LED lighting and digital floodlights, providing optimal performance conditions for athletes and an unparalleled viewing experience for spectators.
The groundbreaking cooling technology is 40% more sustainable than existing techniques and has been in use at Khalifa International Stadium since its reopening in May 2017.
Located in Aspire Zone, Khalifa International Stadium is centrally-positioned near to several leisure spots and is easily accessible through a state-of-the-art road network, allowing guests easy travel to and from the venue.
The IAAF World Athletics Championships, Doha 2019, is a biennial athletics event organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Originally held every four years, first in 1983, the current two-year cycle began in 1991.
Over the years the competition has grown in size. In 1983 an estimated 1,300 athletes from 154 countries participated. By the 2003 competition in Paris it had grown to 1,907 athletes from 203 countries with coverage being transmitted to 179 different countries.
Doha will be welcoming 3,500 athletes, officials and coaches from 213 countries with approximately 10,000 international guests, 30,000 spectators from outside Qatar and more than 2,000 media personnel. One of the biggest sporting events in the world, the Championship will be broadcast to more than 200 countries reaching out to more than 7 million viewers.