Nigeria born and two time Asian Games gold medalist for Qatar, Femi Ogunode will lead the seven-athlete Qatari charge for the opening leg of the 2011 Samsung Diamond League on Friday.
Expectations are high on the Nigerian after he won the 200m and 400m double with national junior record times of 20.43 and 45.12 in the Asian Games last year. He aims to run faster on the Qatar Sports Club track this Friday.
Ogunode, six others Qatar athletes and another Nigerian, 100m Asian record holder Samuel Francis form the core of the Qatari team for the World Championships in Daegu, hoping to perform better than a bronze medal crop at the 2009 edition in Berlin.
After hosting the IAAF Grand Prix since 1997, Doha joined the inaugural Diamond League circuit in 2010. The same year, it hosted the first World Indoor Championships in the Arab world.
Doha is currently bidding with three other cities (London, Budapest, Barcelona or Seville) to host the 2017 World Championships. The decision will be taken by the IAAF Council in November.