Doha, Qatar: The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 are expecting more than 2,000 media personnel from more than 500 media outlets across the world, including broadcasters and television personnel, when the track and field stars descend on the Qatari capital later this month.
The championships that will be held from September 27 to October 6 will see a participation of more than 2000 athletes from around the world aiming glory at the state-of-the-art Khalifa International Stadium, with marathons and road walking events to be held at the iconic Corniche at night.
To ensure maximum coverage from some of the most prestigious media outlets locally and internationally, the LOC held a workshop at the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) headquarters recently to outline the facilities and details for the media.
Abdullah Al Mulla, Media and Broadcasting director at the LOC, said that the Media Committee is putting the final touches to ensure optimum media coverage, with some of the biggest names in world media, including DPA, Reuters, AFP, Xinhua and BBC, expected to come to Doha.
“The preparations are well underway and I think we are finalising the requirements of the international media, whether through field coverage by equipping journalists and photographers or by preparing the huge media centre that will open its doors days before the start of the championships," he said.
The LOC has set up media centres near the Khalifa International Stadium and the Corniche, with top class facilities for journalists.
On the other hand, Fanzone will honour different cultures as athletes from more than 200 countries will take part in the Middle East's biggest ever sporting event
As the eyes of the sporting world focus on Qatar, the country's iconic Khalifa International Stadium is being transformed into a global community, with a vibrant World Athletics Village preparing to welcome spectators during the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.
Athletes from 213 countries will compete in the ten-day competition as Doha will host the Middle East's biggest ever sporting event, with fans able to experience cultures from across the world, in the World Athletics Village which is the first ever sporting fan zone in Qatar to celebrate communities across the globe.
Spectators will be treated to a whole host of activities with performers including dance acts from different communities as well as an opportunity to meet and greet with athletes post competition.
The cultural celebration will seethe Village divided into areas which represent Africa, North and South America, Europe and Asia, with areas decorated in themes of each country, serving different food, entertainment and prize giveaways.
Speaking of the spectator experience, Sheikha Asma Al Thani, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Local Organising Committee, commented:
“The IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 is a celebration not only for Qatar, but for sports fans across the globe. It is an event which gives perfect platform to unite communities and cultures from across the world and that is the aim of the World Athletics Village.
“It gives an added experience to fans of all ages attending the competition, celebrating diverse communities through a delicious range of cuisines, throughout to a variation of live entertainment that people can join in with.
“I encourage everybody to visit the World Athletics Village and join in with the fun and celebrations alongside athletics fans from a whole host of different countries."
The World Athletics Village will be open to welcome guests from 5.00pm daily, with entry free of charge on the day to anybody with a ticket to the competition that evening.
Fans can buy tickets online now to ensure that they don't miss out on any of the competition of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, which runs from Friday 27 September to Sunday 6 October. The easy online process begins here: https://iaafworldathleticschamps.com/doha2019/
Spectators can share their photos and fun from the World Athletics Village online by following the official channels @IAAFDoha2019 and #AimBeyond