2019 Doha Diary: Sheikha Asma Al Thani believes Doha 2019 may help improve women's rights

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1f2685bb-b040-469a-b362-658b6b637fc1.jpgAir conditioning in Khalifa Stadium, photo by Doha 2019 LOC

DOHA (QAT): Women's rights in the Middle East can be improved by the staging of the 2019 World Championships in Doha, insists Sheikha Asma Al Thani, director of marketing and communications for the event. At the one-year-to-go launch, she said: "Definite progress has been made with new role models emerging all the time, but these invisible barriers still exist. Every woman who participates in the first IAAF World Athletics Championship hosted in the Middle East can inspire change and encourage more girls to participate in sport at any level or consider a career trackside in branding, marketing or more. Real change will only be possible by ensuring as many young girls are in the stadium as boys to witness the performances of world champion athletes through their own eyes. And as an organising committee we will be doing all we can to make that happen."

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