anyone here follows athletics/track&field????
only been watching a few of the events... lots of controversy already this year.
first, the choice of QAT for this was utterly ridiculous. the weather is insanely hot, so they scheduled the marathon and walks to start at close to midnight, and even then, it's ridiculously hot and humid. in the women's marathon, close to 1/3 of athletes did not finish.
they are spending tons of money to air-condition the open stadium!!!! so the athletes inside are competing in temps in the 70's (20's).
worse, the stadium is pretty empty!
then, the controversy on the new rules restricting athletes that are intersexed,with high testosterone levels, from several women's events, from 400 to 1,500 m. that means all 3 medalists in women's 800 from rio olympics are not here. one athlete, from niger, seyni, shifted from 400 to 200 so she could participate... also IND's dutee chand was not affected (she competed in the 100).
but lots of great events so far. warholm won the 400 m H today... the 3 ingebrigtsen boys running in the 5000 m... huge upset in men's LJ. SAFP winning another 100 m (albeit in an empty stadium)... etc.