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February 20, 2016

Li Ling Improves Asian Pole Vault Record to 4.70m- Day 1 Asian Indoors

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Li Ling Improves Asian Pole Vault Record to 4.70m Another of the evening’s standout performances came in the women’s pole vault where it was China’s Li Ling who dominated. After winning the competition at 4.40m, she added first attempt clearances at 4.50m,… Read More
Feb 19, 2016 3522

Day 2 Preview - 7th Asian Indoor Championships

2016-02-19 - Day 2 Preview - 7th Asian Indoor Championships Seven titles will be up for grabs on day two of the 7th Asian Indoor Championships on Saturday (20 Feb) with Olympic triple jump champion Olga Rypakova commanding much of the spotlight. The… Read More
Feb 18, 2016 2903

Doha to stage best ever Asian Indoor Athletics Championship says Dahlan Al-Hamad

Feb 18, 2016 – Doha. Speaking to a large gathering of journalists on the eve of the 7th AAA Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, Asian Athletics Association (AAA) and Qatar Athletics Federation President Major General Dahlan Al Hamad didn't mince words about… Read More
Feb 17, 2016 2308

84th Asian Athletics Association Council Meeting Doha

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Feb 10, 2016 3093

Olympic gold medallist Olga Rypakova and World Indoors champion Mutaz Barshim lead Asian Indoor Championships’ stellar line-up 

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Feb 03, 2016 1920

Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla eyes Asian Indoors glory and record

Doha, 3 Feb 2016 - 2015 had been outstanding for Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla, but it seems that the best is yet to come for the 26-year-old Qatari middle-distance runner. The 800m reigning Asian indoor and outdoor champion has high hopes for 2016, starting from… Read More
Jan 19, 2016 3219

Records are expected to tumble in Doha’s 2016 Asian Indoor Championships

Doha, 19.01.2016 - With exactly one month remaining until the multi-event athletes will set foot in Doha’s magnificent Aspire Dome arena for the Women’s Pentathlon 60m Hurdles heats, to commence the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships action, quite a lot… Read More
Dec 21, 2015 2176

Qatar pledges to organise a memorable sporting event at the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships

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Feb 18, 2016 – Doha. Speaking to a large gathering of journalists on the eve of the 7th AAA Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, Asian Athletics Association (AAA) and Qatar Athletics Federation President Major General Dahlan Al Hamad didn't mince words about the competition that kicks off Friday morning at Doha's Aspire Dome.

"Three days of athletics action await us with Asia’s elite athletes vying for the honour to win the continental title in what is expected to be, judging from the early signs, one of the best indoor athletics competitions ever held in Asia."

Nearly 300 athletes from 36 countries are expected to compete at the championships this weekend in the same facility that hosted the event in 2008 and the IAAF World Indoor Championships two years later.

The latter is still widely regarded as one of the finest indoor championships ever held, experience Al Hamad said will contribute to staging another successful edition of the AAA’s flagship indoor competition.

"Our experienced personnel have put everything in place as we aim to deliver once again a successful and memorable competition here in Doha."

“Through the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships,” Al Hamad added, “Qatar Athletics Federation will further establish its position as a key and trusted partner of both IAAF and AAA."

Al Hamad listed some of the major stars in the line-up, Olympic triple jump champion Olga Rypakova from Kazakhstan and local hero, the Olympic high jump bronze medalist Mutaz Barshim who is bidding to win 4th consecutive title, are among them. In all 12 athletes have returned to defend the titles they won two years ago in Hangzhou, China. With the IAAF World Indoor Championships just four weeks away, this weekend’s competition is a major stepping stone for Asian athletes with global aspirations.

The championships will provide the climax of an important week in Doha for Asian athletics, just days after the area federation held a meeting of its Council with IAAF President Lord Sebastian Coe one of the guests.

Among the key decisions:

- confirming Ranchi, India as host of the next Asian Championships

- naming Bangkok, Thailand as host of the 2017 Asian Youth Championships from 16-19 May

- reconfirming Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as host of the 2016 Asian Junior Championships from 3-6 June

- The 2016 Asian 20km Race walking Championships will be held at Nomi-shi, Japan on 20 March, a qualifying event for the 2016 Olympic Games; and

- Shanghai, China will host the 2017 Asian Marathon Championship in the month of April

Also speaking at the press conference, Maurice R. Nicholas, the long-time treasurer of the AAA, mentioned the notable progress the regional body has experienced in recent years which has helped foster the rising global stature of many of the region’s athletes.

“Why have we progressed? Because we have become professional in the way we organise our events,” Nicholas said. “And our coaches are professionals. We don’t do things like in the old days, on trial and error. Everything is from a professional approach.”

Samuel FrancisThe same holds true for Qatari sprinter Samuel Francis, who will be gunning for a fourth Asian indoor 60m title on the championships opening day. 

As he struggled with injury over the past few seasons, Francis, 28, watched his area records in the sprints fall to younger compatriot Femi Ogunode. He’s rejuvenated now thanks to a more streamlined approach, he said, and looking forward to title defence.

“I’m really psyched, and ready to go out run,” said Francis, whose career best of 6.54 in the 60 metres dates back to 2008. “I’m very healthy and my training’s been great. It should be a very good thing to come back and win it here again.”