20 November 2014
Doha wins vote to host 2019 World Athletics Championships
2019 Athletics World Championships will be held in Doha (Qatar). This was announced at the special conference in Monaco according to insidethegames.com.
Doha had beaten off Barcelona (Spain) and the American city of Eugene in the struggle for the right to host the championships. Doha earned 12 votes to Eugene’s nine and Barcelona’s six in the initial ballot before winning 15-12 over Eugene in the second vote.
A number of changes to the championships will be made after Qatar’s win. Thus, the event was moved to October, although traditionally it has been held in August. Official representatives of the Qatar bid committee insisted on a postponement because of the high temperatures. Another innovative solution was to hold the marathon in the evening.
Qatar’s victory will give it a good chance to win the bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024.