x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

After football, Qatar aims for 2017 world athletic championships

The 2022 hosts of football's mega event are eyeing the track and field with London in the fray already.

DOHA // Qatar has announced plans to bid for the 2017 world track and field championships, just months after winning right to stage the 2022 World Cup.

The Qatar Olympic Committee on Wednesday says holding the athletics championships in Doha would help promote the sport around the world and allow the IAAF to expand its reach into the Middle East.

Along with winning 2022 World Cup bid, Qatar has hosted the 2006 Asian Games and the world track and field indoor championships last year.

The only other city to announce a bid was London, which would host the championships in the stadium built for the 2012 London Olympics.

Formal bids must be submitted by September 1 to the International Amatuer Athletic Federation, which will announce its decision in November.