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.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.