Much before FIFA World Cup 2022 Doha basks in athletics glory

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Qatar is in focus of all football lovers for the FIFA World Cup 2022. But much before that, the Capital city of the Arab nation is luring even the football bosses with the IAAF Heritage World Athletics Championships Exhibition is drawing the attention of FIFA World Cup 2022 officials as well.

The IAAF Heritage Department began their work in January 2018 and their exhibitions have been created to preserve the legacy of athletics, the heroes and heroines. Leading into the IAAF World Championships in Doha, some remarkable artefacts and memorabilia from the world of athletics have been on public display to put “sports heroes, their records and their performances into context”.

The event, chronicling the legends personal journeys, is looking to inspire the next generation of athletes.

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“Leading into the IAAF World Championships in Doha, some remarkable artifacts and memorabilia from the world of athletics have been on public display,” FIFA World Cup 2022 Venue Readiness manager has stated in a post on his Linkedin page.

“The IAAF Heritage Department began their work in January 2018 and their exhibitions have been created to preserve the legacy of athletics, the heroes and heroines.

IAAF Heritage’s goal is to put the sports heroes, their records and their performances into context.

“Whilst chronicling their personal journeys are also looking to inspire the next generation of athletes,” reads the post, which also features a video of the exhibits and the venue.

 

Nicholas Thurston on LinkedIn: “Leading into the IAAF World Championships in Doha, some remarkable artifacts and memorabilia from the world of athletics have been on public display. The IAAF Heritage Department began their work in January 2018 and their exhibitions have been created to preserve the legacy of athletics, the heroes and heroines. “IAAF Heritage’s goal is to put the sports heroes, their records and their performances into context”. Whilst chronicling their personal journeys are also looking to inspire the next generation of athletes. #aimbeyond #iaafworlds #iaafdoha2019″

September 21, 2019: Nicholas Thurston posted on LinkedIn

 

The exhibition, in a 400 square metre area in the largest shopping mall in Qatar will be open daily to the public for six months, closing on Monday, October 7. During this time the Asian Athletics Championships, Doha Diamond League and IAAF World Athletics Championships will be hosted by Doha, drawing thousands of athletes, official, media and fans to Qatar.

An evening was hosted by IAAF President Sebastian Coe and Dahlan Al Hamad, IAAF Vice President and Director General of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 Local Organising Committee, to celebrate the event.

“Athletics is an ancient sport but there is nothing old about how this exhibition displays our history,” said Sebastian Coe. “There are huge audio photo walls, LED screens showing archive competition action. There’s the chance to explore the heights and weights of champions, lift the throwing implements, touch the hurdles and stand back in awe and admire the world record heights and distances of the jumpers.

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“Add to those attractions, there are 100s of items of wonderful athletics clothing and equipment donated and loaned by some of the greatest stars of our sport on display. This exhibition is a must see for all sports fans.”

1976 OLYMPIC MARATHON SHOES

During the ceremony, donations and loans of kit were made by six global champions.

Four-time Olympic champion Lasse Viren donated the pair of Onitsuka Tiger ASICS shoes which he wore when running the marathon at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.

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 Following his second Olympic 5000m and 10,000m double, Viren took 5th place in the marathon.

Seb Coe then stepped-up to hand over his 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games spikes and national vest from his second 1500m Olympic victory.

Another British running great Liz McColgan, the 1991 world 10,000m champion, was next up on stage. McColgan loaned her winning spikes – already donated to the ASICS museum in Kobe – for display at the Heritage Exhibition.

WORLD RECORD SETTING HAMMER

The most-weighty of the donations in two respects came from Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk. Firstly, the two-time Olympic and three-time world champion was the most bemedaled of all tonight’s guests. Secondly, Wlodarczyk donated the 4kg hammer to the IAAF Heritage Collection, with which she set the first 80m+ world record by a woman.


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Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim and Abderrahman Samba then came to the stage to officially hand over their preannounced donations of kit. Barshim, the reigning world high jump champion, presented his London 2012 Olympic Games competition vest and number, while Samba handed over the bodysuit which he wore when winning the 2018 IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018 400m hurdles title.

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