DOHA: Aspetar, the orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital, will provide world-class medical services to the international athletes at the Diamond League.
Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium is all set to host the second round of the Diamond League.
The League is an annual series of elite track and field athletic competitions comprising 14 of the best invitational athletics meetings.
The athletes will be using this competition as a warm-up and/or a chance to qualify for the 2021 Olympics.
Aspetar’s ongoing collaboration with the Qatar Athletics Federation in providing medical coverage to the Doha Diamond League is another example of Aspetar’s commitment to supporting athletes during sporting events in Qatar.
Aspetar also serves as a vital primary health care facility for athletes and has a pivotal role in managing and coordinating medical services to the Diamond League event, ensuring that all stakeholder groups receive comprehensive medical care.
Dr Abdulaziz Jaham Al Kuwari, Aspetar CEO, said: “Athletics is one of the most popular sports in Qatar, and through the Diamond League competition we serve athletes by providing them with comprehensive medical support.
“We are very pleased to partner with a such distinguished yearly event, and the success of Qatar Athletics in international competitions has made us proud and persuaded us to continue our support for this beloved sport.”
For this year’s event, Aspetar set up on-site facilities at the Qatar Sports Club, offering services to all participating athletes.
Led by Dr Laith Anis El Sanfaz, Chief medical officer of the event, a team of 20 physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, and massage therapists provided immediate medical care throughout the event and at the participants’ residences.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic a few operational practices have been changed to adhere to MoPH and International Athletics Federation (IAAF) guidelines.
Aspetar will manage the COVID-19 testing for all athletes participated in coordination with Qatar Athletics Federation, yet due to the pandemic members of the public and spectators are not allowed to attend the event.
Aspetar medical services are provided to athletes and to International Federation officials at the athlete hotels and during training and competition at Qatar Sports Club.
Additionally, the provision of medical services to the event workforce and media will be coordinated with Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) at different venues.
It is worth noting that Aspetar and the Qatar Athletics Federation have signed a cooperation agreement, under which Qatari athletics athletes will benefit from Aspetar’s outstanding medical services, and the latest scientific research and sports science.
Qatari athletics stars benefit from comprehensive medical support leading up to the Tokyo Olympics, where the Qatari elite aspires to confirm their progress, especially after the successful organisation of the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships and the positive results achieved during this tournament.