IAAF unveils new format for 2019 World Championships

Doha: The IAAF World Championships Doha 2019 schedule was unveiled here on Friday with a new format that will enable the spectators to have an exciting and engaging event experience.

Details for the first-ever midnight marathon have also been announced with a stunning setting that will showcase the event like never before.

A revamp to the competition schedule sees all morning sessions removed and split evening sessions introduced for the first time.

One-hour intervals will be incorporated into each session to combine entertainment and family-centred activities with the excitement of the competitive action, engaging all ages and interests through athletics.

“It is our ambition to organise an innovative, creative and exciting event that inspires and engages new fans, athletes and audiences and maximises the full potential of the region’s first-ever Worlds. We are excited to unveil the new competition schedule and night marathon format,” said Vice Chairman and Director General of the Local Organising Committee and IAAF Vice-President Dahlan Al Hamad.

The midnight marathon will take place along Doha’s iconic Corniche with the city’s night skyline providing a beautiful backdrop.

“The region has always been one of Doha’s ambitions for hosting the competition. Both our teams have explored creative ways to meet this ambition, bringing together sport expertise and cultural knowledge in a new and entertaining way,” said IAAF President Sebastian Coe.

Qatar has been hosting international athletics events for over 21 years from the first-ever IAAF Grand Prix in 1997, which later became the Doha Diamond League in 2010 and this year is celebrating its ninth edition, in addition to the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

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