IAAF President and Diamond League AG Chairman Lamine Diack, and Qatar Athletics Federation President and IAAF Vice President Dahlan Al Hamad, held a breakfast meeting with international journalists and key opinion formers from nine countries in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday (7).

Although the two men will meet the media more formally at the traditional press conference (Thursday 8 May) the day before the 2014 IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha on Friday 9 May, it gave them the opportunity to discuss a number of important topics in a more informal setting.

The focus of attention was on the 2014 IAAF Diamond League and the first meeting in Doha on Friday but other subjects covered included: the history of the Doha athletics meeting since its inauguration in 1997, reflections on the state of the sport in Asia, Doha’s bid to be the host of the 2019 IAAF World Championships, President Diack’s vision of expanding the practice of athletics in schools globally, the possibility of cross country re-entering the Olympic programme and IAAF support for indoor athletics.

Doha will stage the first of 14 IAAF Diamond League meetings in 2014, the fifth year of the sport’s premier one-day meeting circuit.


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