Doha, 21 September 2020 - HE President of Qatar Athletics Federation Dr. Thani bin Abdulrahman Al Kuwari underlined that the "Doha Diamond League", which will be held next Friday at the field and track of Qatar Sports Club with the participation of a large number of champions of the world and the Olympics, is exceptional because it is the first global tournament Doha will host during the coronavirus crisis.
In press statements, Dr. Al Kuwari said: "Hosting the championship at this time represents a great challenge for us, but we are able to accomplish this difficult challenge through great cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health and the responsible and relevant authorities in the country, and through full compliance with local and international requirements and following the health protocol required to produce this version of the Diamond League in the best possible way."
He noted that the challenge lies in how difficult it is to hold the championship in Qatar compared to the rest of the other rounds, because most of the tours were held in Europe and it was easy for the athletes in Europe to travel and move between the European countries, but it is not easy to move and travel to the Middle East at the present time and this was the big dilemma.
On the champions taking part in the tournament, Dr. Al Kuwari said that there are a group of prominent stars who will participate in the Doha Meeting, including 10 champions who won Olympic medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics and 17 world champions from the latest Doha 2019 edition.
Among the participating champions are: Elaine Thompson, Marie Josee Ta Lou, Dafne Schippers, Sam Kendricks, Kipruto, Soufiane El Bakkali, Armand Duplantis, and many other stars.
On the Qatari participation in the tournament, the President of Qatar Athletics Federation said that the Qatari participation will not be present in this tournament, adding that all players must be prepared to participate in the Tokyo Olympics 2021.
Al Kuwari affirmed that everyone in the organizing committee is at the top of readiness for all possibilities, and that everyone is committed to the requirements, and all the players are professional and abide by the health requirements, and they will leave Doha two days after arrival.