Doha to host 2019 World Ath­let­ics

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QATAR’S emer­gence as a global sport­ing hub gained fur­ther clout when Doha was yes­ter­day cho­sen as host city for the 2019 IAAF World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships. The fast-grow­ing city along­side the Ara­bian Gulf will be­come the first from the Mid­dle East to stage the blue riband event. Over­looked for the 2017 cham­pi­onships in favour of London, the Qatari cap­i­tal was se­lected ahead of ri­val bids from 1992 Olympic hosts Barcelona and the Amer­i­can city of Eu­gene, of­ten re­ferred to as Track Town. Doha earned 12 votes to Eu­gene’s nine and Barcelona’s six in the ini­tial se­cret bal­lot of the IAAF Coun­cil be­fore win­ning 15-12 over Eu­gene in the sec­ond vote.

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