This is second part of Doha news on 25 September. It was a whole day spent going from Frankfurt to Kuwait City to Doha. Watch for a big day of pieces on 26 September!
DOHA (QAT): European athletes won eighteen gold medals at the last edition of the IAAF World Championships in London and sixteen of them will be defending their titles in Doha. Missing only Mo Farah who switched to road racing and Anita Wlodarczyk due to knee injury and surgery.
DOHA (QAT): The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) in partnership with the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 LOC and the Qatar Anti-Doping Commission (QADC) will deliver an unprecedented integrity programme during the World Championships. One of the key policy decisions is to transfer samples collected from the athletes of the host nation to a laboratory abroad in order to avoid any potential conflict of interest and associated risks. The policy will come into force in Doha and will continue during the future editions of IAAF World Athletics Championships. An estimated 700 blood samples will be collected prior to the championships for the purpose of continuing to build the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) profiles and to help detect prohibited substances such as steroids, EPO or human Growth Hormone (hGH). An additional 500 samples, mainly urine, will be collected during the championships. From the AIU.
DOHA (QAT): The IAAF has refuted claims that the women’s marathon and 50 km race walks at the start of the World Championships programme could be cancelled due to the extreme conditions. “The IAAF has not considered postponing or cancelling any road event at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019. There are contingency plans for all possible scenarios in place, but none have been activated.” From France TV Sport.
DOHA (QAT): US steeplechaser Colleen Quigley’s participation at the World Championships is hanging in the balance due to an injury problem. “It’s been a rollercoaster both mentally and physically and while I don’t know if I’ll be able to steeple on Friday at the World Championships, I really appreciate all the support from everyone around the world who is cheering me on,” she said on Instagram.
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan 5000m trials winner Michael Kibet has been denied a place on his country’s team for the World Championships due to not having undergone three out-of-competition doping tests. His management agency Elite Sports Marketing said they had requested without avail since May 2019 for Athletics Kenya to place him on the testing pool. Although he has been tested in-competition many times, he thus does cannot compete in Doha to IAAF’s rule 15.
DOHA (QAT): The local organising committee have denied handing out free tickets for the World Championships to migrant workers. A spokesperson for the organisers said children were being given a 20% discount. From sportbusiness.com.
BERLIN (GER): Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen, who is entered for both the 1500m and 5000m at the World Championships, says she will decide as late as possible which discipline or disciplines to contest, Leichtathletik.de reports.