Barshim leads Team Qatar at IAAF World Championships
03 Aug 2017 - 23:15
QNA & The Peninsula
London: The 16th World Athletics Championships will kick off today at the London Olympic Stadium with more than 1,900 athletes from around 200 countries vying for honours.
The Qatari team for the World athletics extravaganza consists of champion high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim, hammer thrower Ashraf Al Saifi, javelin thrower Ahmed Bader and sprinters Abdulrahman Samba and Abdalelah Haroun.
Barshim, the national and Asian record holder with a best mark of 2.43m, enjoyed podium finishes at the last two Olympics, having won a silver medal in Rio and a bronze at the 2012 Games in London. The former Asian Indoor and world Junior champion, Barshim is one of the top favourites to win his pet event in London on August 13.
The Qatari Athletes are already in London and first to arrive was Haroun who will compete in the men’s 400m event. Haroun is the 2015 Asian champion in the event, is the proud holder of the Asian indoor record.
Samba will take part in the preliminaries of the men’s 400m hurdles on Sunday and is expected to join from his training camp.
Bader was the youngest competitor in his discipline at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the first-ever Qatari to compete in the javelin throw at Olympics.
The young javelin thrower has proven to be a formidable competitor after qualifying to Rio with an incredible throw of 84.74 metres.
Qatari hammer thrower, world junior record-holder and world leader Elseify won a gold medal at the 2012 Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Colombo, Sri Lanka, establishing a new Asian junior record. Elseify is also the holder of the youth record after clearing a distance of 85.57 metres during the World Championships held in Barcelona 2013 and defended his crown at Eugene 2015 Games.
Meanwhile, the Qatar delegation, headed by Secretary-General of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) and Chairman of Qatar Athletics Federation Dr. Thani Abdulrahman Al Kuwari will take part in the General Assembly meeting of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The meeting in expected to take a number of important decisions, most notably the amendment of some articles of Athletics international law, in addition to discussing performance and financial reports as well as adopting the plans for the coming years and other items on the agenda.
In a statement, Dr. Al Kuwari expressed his pride in the active participation in the IAAF General Assembly meetings and the World Athletics Championships, at the end of which, the Qatari delegation will officially receive the Games flag as the host of the next (17th) world championship, Qatar 2019.
Dr. Al Kuwari said: “We are participating in London with a distinguished Qatari delegation comprising a number of the presidents of the Doha 2019 committees, who came to attend the event and gain experience through workshops and daily contact with the championship committees.”
The Secretary-General of the QOC affirmed Qatar’s ability to organise a high-quality, internationally-acclaimed event that honours and excites every Qatari. “Our youth are competent and able to win the challenges,” he said wishing success to the Qatari champions participating in the global sports event.
Officials of the Qatar Athletics Federation have started several meetings and side contacts with the IAAF President Sebastian Coe and a number of friendly associations, informing them of the efforts and activities of the Qatari Athletics Federation and the preparations for the Qatar 2019 Championship.