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May 13, 2013

Doha will “learn lessons” for 2019 IAAF World Championships

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Doha bid organisers for the 2019 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships said it will learn lessons from London’s 2017 successful bid – an event the Qataris lost out to.

The Qatar Athletics Federation president Dahlan al Hamad admitted that it has changed its approach for its 2019 bid attempt.

He said: “First of all the lesson that we learned was, even if you think that you have done everything according to the book, that doesn’t mean people will just give you the chance because you have prepared everything.

“The other day I said to Seb Coe [chairman of the London organising committee for the 2012 Olympic Games], if not Qatar, I would vote for London, because we have seen the success of London

“We have seen how good the atmosphere was, and also we have seen how in the UK they were suffering that effect that the track is going to be removed from the [Olympic] Stadium.

“The second thing we learned from the IAAF is that you have to work with the people and deliver the right message at the right time. And also we keep hosting the Diamond League and other sports which show that Qatar is committed to the sport and not just to getting the World Championships.”

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