4/20/2019 12:35:37 AM (GMT+3)

Doha will demonstrate its readiness to host IAAF Worlds, says Dahlan

Doha will demonstrate its readiness to host IAAF Worlds, says Dahlan

DOHA: The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 23rd Asian Championships announced on Tuesday details about the competition at a Press conference on Tuesday.

The event will be held at the Khalifa International Stadium from April 21-24.

The organisers briefed the media on the event, which brings together nearly 700 athletes and over 400 officials and coaching staff from 43 Asian countries as the country’s top sportsmen and women vie for top honours in the world’s most populous continent.

The championships will be staged across four action-packed days divided into morning and evening sessions. The morning sessions start at 8:30 am and the evening sessions begin at 4:00 pm.

The event will officially start with an opening ceremony at 3:30 announcing the start of the competitions.

With the competition serving as an official test event for the IAAF World Athletics Championships that Doha hosts in September, the LOC will test all major operations, including the venue, accreditation and ticketing to ensure a smooth and spotless experience during the global showpiece in just a little over five months.

“Next Sunday marks the beginning of the Asian Championships. Doha will continue to showcase its legacy in athletics through the world-class facilities and demonstrate its readiness to host the IAAF World Athletics Championships in September for the first time ever in the Middle East,” said LOC chairman Dahlan Al Hamad, who is also the President of the Asian Athletics Association and International Association of Athletics Federations vice-president.

“We will be trialling our facilities, security, operations, accreditation, volunteers, and ticketing ahead of the IAAF World Athletics Championships when we greet 3,500 athletes and officials from more than 200 nations as well as more than 10,000 international guests and international media personnel,” Al Hamad added.

The participating athletes will compete for 186 medals in 21 men’s events, 21 women’s events, and a mixed relay event that makes its debut in the competition.