Doha (Qatar) : The 17th edition of the IAAF World Athletics Championships kicks off on Friday September 27 in Qatar which is the first Middle Eastern country to host the biennial competition. A rarity of the stadium as well as the event will be its preparation to host the multi-starrer championship in an airconditioned open-air and environment-friendly stadium.
For this, a cooling technology was installed to keep the pitch temperature at an optimum 260C, which can be reduced to a low of 170C. Along the promenade of Doha’s corniche, floodlights have been set up for the midnight marathon event, the first of its kind at the world championships.
The main events will take place in 40,000-capacity Khalifa International Stadium that was reopened in May 2017 after renovations. Built in 1976, the multi-purpose outdoor arena has already hosted football’s Gulf Cup, the 2006 Asian Games and the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. It will also play host to matches at the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
More than 1,900 athletes from 210 countries will take part in 24 events over 10 days starting tomorrow. The competition will also see the global debut of the 4x400m mixed relay before its Olympics rollout in Tokyo next year. Tickets for the finish line are sold out for all 10 days of the event, as told by Hamad al-Obaidly, head of media and communications for the local organising committee.