IAAF inspectors play down heat concerns in Qatar



DOHA, Qatar (AP) — International athletics officials say Qatar’s searing heat will be a factor but not a “deal breaker” in determining whether Doha will host the 2017 world championships.

International Association of Athletics Federations vice president Bob Hersh says the weather would be something council members must “reflect upon” when choosing either Doha or London to host track and field’s showpiece event.

But Hersh said Thursday he was impressed with Doha’s plans to air condition the main stadium and hold the marathons at night when temperatures are cooler.

Qatar, which is also bidding for the 2020 Olympics, proposes holding the competition from Sept. 9-17. London plans to hold the event in late July or early August.