Doha to stage 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
January 15 - Doha has today been confirmed as the host city of the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships.
As revealed by insidethegames last year, the Qatari capital put in a joint bid for the 2015 and 2017 IPC Athletics World Championships.
But after the IPC confirmed London as the hosts of the 2017 edition of the competition, Doha has been chosen as the destination for the 2015 Championships as the sole bidder.
The event in Qatar is set to be the last major gathering of top international athletes before the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
A venue has not yet been confirmed, although The Khalifa International Stadium is one of the leading contenders to stage the event.
It now means the next three IPC Athletics World Championships have now been allocated to host cities with Lyon in France set to host the next edition of the event later this year from July 19 until 28.
"We are delighted that Doha will play host to the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships especially since we now have secured host cities for our Athletics World Championships until 2017," said IPC chief executive Xavier Gonzalez.
"With Lyon in 2013, Doha in 2015 and London in 2017 we have not only selected excellent host cities but we also ensure a strong and consistent development of IPC Athletics and Paralympic sport in general in the years to come."
The 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships are set to take place in March in a move to avoid the searing summer temperatures in Doha.
Around 1,300 of the world's best disability athletes from 90 countries are set to take part, including the likes of Britain's 100 metre T44 Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock.
"These Championships will be an important milestone on the way to the Rio 2016 Paralympics and we are expecting all of our top athletes to come out to Doha to compete," said IPC Athletics Sport Technical Committee chairman Ed Warner.
"Doha will offer excellent sporting facilities for all of them and the people of Qatar will have the chance to experience the world's best Paralympic athletes perform at their highest level."
Doha's successful bid for the 2015 IPC World Athletics Championships is part of their master plan to bring more major sporting events to Qatar over the next decade; with the ultimate goal of one day staging the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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