How Qatar 'bought' the right to host the 2019 World Athletics Championships

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Qatar promised 37.5 million dollars to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) just hours before it won the right to stage the 2019 World Athletics Championships was awarded. Some 4.5 million of this was due to be paid to the son of the IAAF president at the time, Papa Massata Diack. The IAAF says that in the end that money was never paid to Diack. Yann Philippin and Antton Rouget report on the background to the awarding of the prestigious event now taking place at Doha in Qatar –and where the athletes have been sweltering in the heat.

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Last Friday September 27th was a day of immense pride for Qatar when at 3.30pm local time the World Athletics Championships opened at Doha. Here for ten days the stars of world athletics have been on show, including American sprinter Noah Lyles, French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie and France's world decathlon record holder Kevin Mayer.