Where are the fans?
Hotels in Doha expected a big rush for the IAAF World Championships to be held in September, and are still hopeful that more fans will attend the event. Ticket sales have been slow in Qatar itself, and also in other major Athletics-focused countries like the US, the UK, France, and Germany.
Currently, none of the events are anywhere close to being sold out. Organisers are hoping that Qataris and expats living in Qatar will buy tickets at the gate to fill up the recently renovated Khalifa Stadium.
The stadium was originally built for the Asian Games in 2006 and can accommodate 48,000 fans. Khalifa Stadium will also be one of the eight FIFA 2022 World Cup venues.