Doha: British Olympic champion Mo Farah, who became the first athlete to win three long-distance doubles at successive World Championships and Olympic Games, will be taking part in the half-marathon of Ooredo Doha marathon here on January 12.
The competition is being organised by Ooredoo and Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA).
This will be Farah’s maiden participation in the half marathon event in Doha, and it will be his first under new coach Gary Lough.
The Doha half marathon will be an important step towards the London Marathon in April, 2018 where the 34-year-old will battle with Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge.
“I am really looking forward to opening my 2018 season in Doha. I am looking forward to the event, as a chance to test myself on the fast and flat run along Doha, and also to hopefully check out the city,” Farah said in a statement.
The invitational elite half marathon will be part of Ooredoo Doha Marathon which includes a full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K events for adults and youth as well as 3K and 1K events for children.
“We are delighted that Sir Mo Farah has chosen Doha as the launch pad for this exciting new chapter of his athletic career.” said QTA Acting Chairman Hassan Al Ibrahim.
Farah and other top athletes will be visiting schools and universities. They are also scheduled to attend public events where the fans will have a unique chance to meet their heroes.
“I also look forward to running alongside my fellow elite athletes and spending time with amateur athletes and spectators at the marathon. Doha is a truly international city, and that makes for a great atmosphere and overall experience,” he added.