Doha has won its bid to host the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Athletics; the third largest global sporting event in the world, according to organizers.
Secretary- General of the Qatar Olympic Committee and Chairman of Doha’s bid Sheikh Saoud Abdulrahman al-Thani, said:
“It is a great honor for Doha to have been elected to host the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in. We would like to thank the IAAF for the trust they have placed in us and guarantee to deliver on our commitments. We extend our warmest appreciation to the teams from Eugene and Barcelona for their friendship, fair play and respect throughout the bidding process. It has been a privilege sharing this journey with them. Hosting the IAAF World Championships has been our dream since 1997 and we are committed to hosting an exceptional event that will connect the world of athletics and cement a true legacy for the sport. At this time of dramatic sporting growth in Qatar, hosting Doha 2019 marks a new era in our sporting achievements and winning this bid is one of our nation’s proudest moments.”
Regarding construction – as Qatar has in the past come under fire over its workers’ rights - Doha 2019 has committed that the Qatar Foundation’s Mandatory Standards will be applied to any areas that do require construction including the “Athletics City.”
The Qatar Foundation’s Mandatory Standards set out minimum mandatory requirements with respect to recruitment, living and working conditions and general treatment of workers engaged in construction and other projects on its assets, according to a press release.
President of the Qatar Athletics Federation and CEO of Doha’s bid, Dahlan al-Hamad, added:“Winning our bid to host the 2019 World Championships is a dream come true for the Qatar Athletics Federation and our whole nation. We look forward to working in partnership with the IAAF to deliver a World Championships that will connect athletics to a new generation in a brand new region. We are excited about what the future holds for athletics in the Middle East and we cannot wait to get started on our journey.”