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Posted On: 14 February 2019 10:03 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:03 pm

Falah, the falcon is official mascot for IAAF World Championships Doha 2019

Khadiza Begum
Khadiza Begum
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The Organizing Committee of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, announced the winning mascot design of the championship, which will be held for the first time in the Middle East, during the National Sport Day which Qatar celebrates every year.

"Falah", an athletic falcon emblazoned in the Qatari flag's maroon color, was unveiled as the official mascot of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at a specially-held ceremony at Qatar Foundation's Awsaj Academy, attended by HE President of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani, and a host of current and future Team Qatar athletes.

However, the most important guests of the event were the 490 children from a diverse range of local and international schools across Doha, who took part in a series of sports-related activities to celebrate the launch of Falah with the help of Team Qatar's 400m runner Mariam Farid and a group of Aspire Academy's promising athletes.

The selection of Falah followed a thorough and detailed process in which a total of 21 sketches were submitted to the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) from residents of Qatar before a multi-staged voting process took place to decide the winner.

Young ambassadors aged 8-16 were invited to vote for their favorite designs as Team Qatar's hammer thrower Ashraf Amgad El Seify introduced and explained the sketches to them.

(News source: QNA, Image credit: