Qatar Touts Solar in IAAF Championship Bid
Would you like to run a marathon in the Middle East heat? Qatar officials believe that Gulf heat will not be a factor as they bid for the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) championship for 2017. If the IAAF Championships 2017 comes to Qatar, expect the emirate to showcase their emerging leadership on clean energy technologies including solar. Doha is competing with London to host the track and field event, and the world’s richest country (by per capita income) seeks to foil the United Kingdom once again in hosting one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events. As for that marathon, the Qataris claim the event can be held at night. As for the other events, Qatar believes that Khalifa Stadium (pictured), which would host most competitions, would perform just fine with cooling technologies fueled by solar energy. The event, which would be September 9-17 2017, would occur when Qatar still endures scorching summer temperatures; but past events in Seville, Rome, and Athens were held when the mercury almost popped out of the thermometer. Hosting the event in Qatar would again show that the global community is ready to collaborate even further with the Middle East. The IAAF event would be a great stepping stone as Qatar seeks to prove that its hosting of the 2022 World Cup was the right move to make. From the Gulf Times and Suman Malla.