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TV PRO­DUC­TION ex­perts de­scended on Doha last week for a world broad­cast­ers’ meet­ing ahead of the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships next year, with much of the fo­cus on the mid­night marathons on the Cor­niche.

AW hears that those road races are set to be lit up more brightly than a Cham­pi­ons’ League foot­ball match with the spec­tac­u­lar ur­ban back­drop of Doha’s sky­line.

Grier Pat­ter­son from the Tokyo Broad­cast­ing Sys­tem said: “The sta­dium and the warm-up fa­cil­i­ties all look fab­u­lous, so we are re­ally ex­cited about what lies ahead for us next year.

“A lot of the broad­cast­ers were in­ter­ested to come here and por­tray ath­let­ics in a dif­fer­ent venue than we have ever been at be­fore.

“The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee and the host broad­caster have done a phe­nom­e­nal job to get things ready with re­gards to the light­ing and plan­ning for the marathon.

“Marathons are ex­tremely pop­u­lar in Ja­pan and we draw very big au­di­ences in Ja­pan. So, I think the mid­night marathon is go­ing to be a very neat pre­sen­ta­tion of Doha be­cause of the way the city is lit up. I think it is go­ing to shine very nicely.”

The broad­cast­ers’ meet­ing fol­lows the re­cent ticket sale launch, with seats avail­able from 14 eu­ros each.

Doha sky­line: spec­tac­u­lar back­drop to the mid­night marathons

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