Aspire Stadium, Doha, photo by PhotoRun.net
DOHA (QAT): The 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships will take place in Doha from February 19 to February 21. Local star Mutaz Essa Barshim, the second highest high jumper of all-time, has announced that he plans to compete in the event while also revealing that the world record is very much on his mind. “I will try to beat the world record indoors and outdoors on 3-4 occasions this year, starting from the World Championships in Portland,” said the world and Olympic medallist. Asian Athletics Association and Qatar Athletics Federation President, Dahlan Al Hamad said that approximately 450 athletes from 36 Nations will compete at the championships. Qatar expect to field a full-strength squad of more than 25 male and female athletes.
Editor’s note: The World Indoors in 2010 in Doha, Qatar was my first visit to Qatar. The event was fantastic and was my first visit to see a culture of which I was and am fascinated.