H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani announced the opening of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 on Friday evening, wishing all participating delegations success and a pleasant stay in Qatar.
The opening ceremony of 17th edition of the IAAF World Athletics Championships was attended by H.H. Personal Representative of the Amir Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani, H.E. Sheikh Jassim bin Khalifa Al-Thani and a number of Their Excellencies Sheikhs and Ministers.
The ceremony was also attended by H.E. President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Dr Thomas Bach, members of the IOC, H.E. President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Lord Sebastian Coe, members of the IAAF, and a number of Olympic and sport figures, Their Excellencies heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Qatar and senior officials and guests of the tournament.
The ceremony began with the national anthem, followed by a movie on Qatar welcoming the world. After the movie, President of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) and head of the championship's organizing committee H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani, and H.E. President of the International Association of Athletics Federations Lord Sebastian Coe gave a speech to mark the occasion.
After that, the march with the Arab and foreign flags of the participating teams took place, after which started a fireworks display.
Then, HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani declared the kick-off of the women's marathon.
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