The seventeenth edition of the IAAF World Championships is scheduled to be held between 27 September and 6 October 2019 in Doha, Qatar at the renovated multi-purpose Khalifa International Stadium.
Doha overcame bids from Eugene, USA, and Barcelona, Spain to be granted the rights to host the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Athletics. Having hosted the IAAF Diamond League, formerly the Super Grand Prix, since 1997 and the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, the organisers will combine their experience, world-class facilities and sporting innovation to connect the world of athletics to an untapped market in a brand new region. The World Championships will be held in the Khalifa International Stadium, which is currently being upgraded to make it the most state-of-the-art purpose-built athletics stadium in the world. A highlight of the revamped stadium will be a world-first 100 meter long video wall-screen that will revolutionize spectator viewing.
The IAAF World Athletics Championships, Doha 2019. Commonly referred to as the World Championships in Athletics (WCH), is a biennial athletics event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Originally held every four years, first in 1983, the current two-year cycle began in 1991.
Over the years the competition has grown in size. In 1983 an estimated 1,300 athletes from 154 countries participated. By the 2003 competition, in Paris, it had grown to 1,907 athletes from 203 countries with coverage being transmitted to 179 different countries.
There has also been a change in composition over the years, with several new events, all for women, being added. By 2005, the only differences were men’s competition in the 50 km walk, and equivalent events in women’s 100 m hurdles and heptathlon to men’s 110 m hurdles and decvathlon.
In 2014, Doha applied for the 2019 bid and won the bid to become the hosting city. Doha is the first city in the Middle East to host this event in the history of Athletics, edging out Eugene (USA) and Barcelona (Spain).
In August 2017, the Championships took place in London where Qatar received the flag to host the event in 2019 and the same flag ceremony will take place in Doha 2019 to hand over the flag to Eugene, USA, to host the Championships in 2021.
Doha will be welcoming 205 countries and 3,500 athletes with approximately 10,000 international guests, 30,000 spectators from outside Qatar and more than 2,000 media personnel. The third biggest sporting event in the world will be broadcasted to more than 200 countries reaching out to more than 7 million viewers. In addition to that, the IAAF Congress Elections will take place in Doha.