This is a Friday May 9, 2014 file photo of athletes as they compete in the men's 3,000m steeplechase at the IAAF Diamond League in the Qatari capital Doha. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)
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Doha was chosen Tuesday to host the 2019 World Athletics Championships as Qatar's latest triumph thrust the Middle East nation, with its massive wealth and boundless ambition to be a sporting super-power, once more back into the spotlight.At its meeting in Monaco, the IAAF Council plumped for Doha ahead of two powerful, older school candidates, former Olympic hosts Barcelona and Eugene, the Nike-backed home of athletics in the United States.Indeed, no global summer athletics championships has been staged this late in the year since the Mexico City Olympics, which began on Oct. 13, 1968 .The Middle East has never hosted the championship, though Doha's staging of the 2010 world indoor championships and five increasingly impressive international invitation meets has demonstrated its organisational readiness.
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