The 2019 event is set to feature split evening sessions and no morning sessions
The competition schedule for the IAAF World Championships Doha 2019 has been published, with the programme from September 28 to October 6 featuring a midnight marathon and split evening sessions.
With no morning sessions, one-hour intervals are set to be incorporated into each evening session “to combine entertainment and family-centred activities with the excitement of the competitive action”.
The midnight marathon will take place along Doha’s Corniche waterfront promenade, while track and field action will be held inside a renovated Khalifa International Stadium, which forms part of Doha’s world-renowned sporting centre, the Aspire Park.
The track will feature a pink Mondotrack WS surface.
“It is our ambition to organise an innovative, creative and exciting event that inspires and engages new fans, new athletes and new audiences and maximises the full potential of our region’s first-ever IAAF World Championships,” said vice chairman and director general of the local organising committee and IAAF vice president, Dahlan Al Hamad.
“We are very excited to unveil, in partnership with the IAAF, the new competition schedule and night marathon format today. These will enable us to showcase the sport like never seen before, capturing the attention of young people in Qatar and around the world and connecting them to the contagious excitement of athletics.
“Progress is fully on track for WCH Doha 2019 and we look forward to combining our passion for athletics, our experience and knowledge of hosting major athletics events, and our warm hospitality and rich culture to organise a unique, memorable and highly successful World Championships. We cannot wait to welcome the world to Doha in 2019.”
IAAF president Seb Coe added: “Finding ways to bring the emotion and appeal of athletics to the local community and the region has always been one of Doha’s ambitions for hosting the IAAF World Championships. Both our teams have explored creative ways to meet this ambition, bringing together sport expertise and cultural knowledge in a new and entertaining way. It is exciting to see the way the World Championships are being developed and adapted to the host country and region mixing world class competition with an ambitious entertainment and engagement plan that we hope will delight athletes, spectators and viewers around the world.
“We have some great World Championship firsts as well. The first 4x400m mixed relay will have its global debut ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the first midnight marathon, the evening sessions with semi-finals and finals only and dedicated slots in the timetable for the final stages of field events allowing full focus on the decisive and most thrilling moments and attempts. We are looking forward to seeing how these firsts and the engagement format will come together next year to deliver a World Championships that will look and feel different.”