& # 39; Our governing body has massively abandoned our athletes & # 39 ;: World Championships in Doha plagued by pathetic crowds while the stadium with 40,000 seats remains enormously empty for the 100m final for women
- The stadium in Doha was usually empty for the 100m final of Sunday to Sunday
- The World Championships are plagued by pathetic presence
- The extreme heat in Qatar has also destroyed a number of other events
A furious Denise Lewis was beaten at the World Championships in Doha and the governing body of athletics after a pathetic turnout for his events.
Speaking about the BBC, the 2000 seven-man Olympic champion said the IOC has disappointed the athletes competing in the capital of Qatar.
& # 39; I can't deny it, I walked into the stadium and thought & # 39; is this the world championships? & # 39; said Lewis.
The World Championships in Doha, Qatar, are plagued by pathetic presence
Dina Asher-Smith from Great Britain finished with a silver medal in the women's 100 m final
& # 39; We waited until October to have & # 39; n grandstand empty. Absolutely shocking. & # 39;
Dina Asher-Smith won the silver medal in the 100 meters on Sunday evening for an almost empty stadium with 40,000 seats.
& # 39; The athletes, they work so hard, they try to peak for an empty stadium at the right time, I just don't like it, & # 39; Lewis continued.
& # 39; Our governing body has massively abandoned our athletes. & # 39;
This is in comparison with previous World Championships, such as in London in 2017, which were played in mainly full stadiums.
Social media also broke out with criticism, with a Twitter user who said: & fantastic performance from Dina Asher-Smith. Well done. Too bad the Doha stadium is empty. & # 39;
Another said: & # 39; Disappointing to see the honorary round of Dina Asher-Smith (silver medal) during the 100 meter World Championships in Doha. Stadium almost empty. These athletes deserve better. & # 39;
The World Championships were again called into question over the weekend because nearly half of the women's marathon field was unable to finish the race at temperatures above 30 degrees.
Technology has been used in the stadium to reduce the heat, but it has no longer drawn people to the stands.
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