Posted on May 20, 2019

School children throughout Qatar will play a pivotal role in the country’s biggest ever sporting event, thanks to an initiative which will see thousands of youngsters attend the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019. A dedicated programme for youngsters of all ages and cultures will see a number of activities planned in the build up to the Championships, including the opportunities for aspiring writers to report and interview the world’s top athletes this September.

Inspiring the next generation, school children from five years old through to 18 years of age will be able to play a part, from creative art competitions which will form displays at the Khalifa International Stadium to spur on athletes, through to the competitions to be junior reporters throughout the ten day Championships. Launching the exciting initiative, schools joined the Local Organising Committee for the World Championships Doha 2019, for an action-packed evening which looked at ways to ensure all engagement is tailor made to the requirements of schools, allowing youngsters to flourish with the planned educational activities.   

Speaking on the launch of the schools programme, Vice President of IAAF, Dahlan Al Hamad, commented: “Sport unites people in such a special way, bringing all cultures together and creating friendships that last a lifetime. “By spreading the message of sport and athletics to young people throughout Qatar, we will see a growing excitement for the IAAF World Athletics Championships, and everybody in Doha, no matter what age, can play a huge part in ensuring competition is a huge success.”

Sheikha Asmaa Al Thani, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Local Organising Committee, added: “To have the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha is exciting for everybody in the country, no matter what culture or community. The specially designed schools programme will bring everybody together and share cultural learnings ahead of a competition which will see athletes from 213 countries coming to Doha. “We have created opportunities for the next generation to be involved, from artwork to junior reporting, ensuring that the power of sport plays a huge benefit, educating and inspiring throughout schools and I encourage everybody to get involved as we look to create opportunities of a lifetime for young people in Qatar.”

Throughout the course of the schools programme, the Local Organising Committee will work with thousands of youngsters from government and private schools to help create opportunities from attending the Championships with dedicated tickets, through to the educational competitions.

Fans of all ages can buy tickets online now to ensure that they don’t miss out on any of the action which gets underway from Friday 27 September- Sunday 6 October at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019. The easy online process can be started now via