A Muslim's guide to the IAAF World Championships 2017 will provide Muslim travelers with some valuable information on how they can not only enjoy the sports event, but also have a Muslim-friendly experience. The 16th edition of the IAAF World Championships 2017 will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London in the United Kingdom and will be taking place between 4th and 13th August 2017.
Sports fans will be treated to a variety of track and field events where they can see some of the top performances from some of the best athletes in the world. The previous edition of the event was held in Beijing, China where Kenya reached the top of the medal table by impressively winning 16 medals - with 7 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals.
The Marathon Course
The marathon course will start and end at the Tower bridge with the famous Tower of London in the background. The 10km course will be completed in four laps and the route will take runners through Victoria Embankment, along the side of the River Thames towards St. Paul’s Cathedral.
On 13th August 2017 the ‘Festival of Race Walks’ will be taking place – this event consists of a 10km course that will be completed in 10 laps and a 50km course that consists of 25 laps.
Track and Field Events
Sports fans will not be disappointed with the track events such as the 100m, 200m and 500m race. Some of the field events to look out for include the pole vault, javelin and hammer throw. Combined events such as the Heptathlon and Decathlon are interesting events to look forward to.
Amazing Athletes To Look Out For
Fans of top Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt, will not want to miss the IAAF World Championships 2017– as this will mark his final championship before retirement. The IAAF Championships will also be the final track event for British long-distance running champion Mo Farah.
The performances of track and field sprinter Allyson Felix who will be participating in the 400m event and hurdler Keni Harrison from the United States must be watched. Young Canadian sprinter, Andre De Grasse will also be competing in the 200m race. British runner Laura Muir who has won a Diamond League and excels in middle-distance running will be competing in the 1500m.
Muslim-Friendly Facilities At London Olympic Stadium
While there might not be Halal food at the IAAF World Championship or Halal restaurants within the venue or in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Muslim travelers can choose vegetarian, vegan or seafood items after enquiring if non-Halal ingredients are added.
Muslim travelers can find several restaurants serving Halal food near London Olympic Stadium – which include Cabana, Comptoir Libnais and Lotus Leaf. There is a Muslim population in London so visitors can get help from the locals too.
There are no prayer facilities near London Olympic Stadium but serene, secluded outdoor areas can be used as prayer areas. Leyton Central Mosque is located about 4km away and Masjid e Illyas is located 3km from the venue.