File - Qatar will be the first country from the Middle East to host the World Championships.
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Qatar's emergence as a global sporting hub gained further clout when Doha was chosen as host city for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships Tuesday.Overlooked for the 2017 championships in favor of London, the Qatari capital was selected ahead of rival bids from 1992 Olympic hosts Barcelona and the American city of Eugene, often known as Track Town.Doha earned 12 votes to Eugene's nine and Barcelona's six in the initial secret ballot of the IAAF Council before winning 15-12 over Eugene in the second vote.However, IAAF Vice President Dahlan al-Hamad and head of the Doha 2019 bid, said the choice of the city was a "great opportunity" to take athletics to new regions.Doha hosted the men-only Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix in 1997 and that meeting has since been incorporated into the Diamond League.
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