Empty seats cast new shadow on Doha hosting of world champs

/ 12:00 AM October 01, 2019

Empty seats before the the women’s 100 meter final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

DOHA, Qatar — As Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce completed her victory lap after once again being crowned as the fastest woman on the planet, she held her 2-year-old son and waved to the crowd.

Well, crowd is an exaggeration. There appeared to be only dozens of fans left just minutes after the women’s 100-meter final, one of the marquee events of the world track championships in Doha, Qatar. Most of them were Jamaican supporters, team officials or Fraser-Pryce family members.


Just before the race, as the lights dimmed for an extravagant laser show, it appeared that as few as 1,000 paying fans were in the stands at Khalifa International Stadium on Sunday night to see Fraser-Pryce win her fourth world title.

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