17 April, 2020

Doha Live: WDL Call Room

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Join Keni Harrison, Mutaz Barshim, Tom Walsh, Thomas Röhler and Katerina Stefanidi in a special broadcast to mark what would have been the start of the 2020 Wanda Diamond League season in Doha this Friday, April 17 at 18.00 GMT.

The 2020 Wanda Diamond League season was supposed to launch in the Qatari capital this weekend, but with the world in lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis, the Road to the Final is officially on hold.. 

Luckily, we have something to fill the big, athletics-shaped hole in your weekend: the WDL Call Room. 

WATCH THE WDL CALL ROOM HERE FROM 18.00 GMT

Under normal circumstances, the call room at the Qatar Sports Club is where the stars of the Doha Diamond League would have waited to take the stage at Friday's season launch. 

As it turns out, we are now all playing a waiting game. So we decided to invite some of the world's best athletes into our virtual, coronavirus call room. 

Instead of live action from Doha on Friday evening, we will be broadcasting the next best thing: a special highlights and discussion show starring some of the world's finest athletes.

Multiple Diamond Trophy winners Tom Walsh and Katerina Stefanidi will join javelin superstar Thomas Röhler in our virtual call room  to talk Doha, the Diamond League, and self-isolation.

US 100m hurdles star and world record holder Keni Harrison will also be dropping in, and we will be making a virtual trip to Doha itself with local high jump hero Mutaz Essa Barshim.

The show will revisit some of the highlights from the last ten years of the Doha Diamond League, including  Barshim's first victory on home soil and the time Röhler nearly took out a cameraman with a 93.90m monster. 

We'll be showing you how to keep fit with the help of your dog, and how to practise pole vault from the comfort of your own home. 

The show will go out on our Facebook and YouTube channels, and you can also watch it via the stream below. Just make sure you tune in live from 18.00 GMT this Friday (you'd only have been watching the Doha Diamond League anyway, right?).