Dire in Doha: world championships catastrophe leaves athletics reeling | Sean Ingle

Empty seats and ghostly silence have been the sad feature of the world athletics championships in Doha a PR disaster for the sport, the IAAF, Sebastian Coe and Qatar Moments after the greatest 10.83 seconds of Dina Asher-Smiths life, the British sprinter grabbed a union flag from her mother, Julie, and began a lap of honour to celebrate her world championship 100m silver medal. But as she trotted round the 40,000-seat Khalifa stadium in Doha on Sunday night she was greeted by banks of empty seats and a ghostly silence. Observers reckoned there were no more than 1,000 people still in attendance and many of them were journalists tapping away to deadline. Asher-Smiths mother later tweeted she had seen more …