NEWS RELEASE: 2019 World Track and Field Championships at Doha in September, a Persecutor of Christians

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MADISON, Wis., July 22, 2019 /4 Winds Christian Athletics/ — Doha, the capital city of Qatar, will host the 2019 World Track and Field Championships starting on September 28. Also, the 2022 World Cup in soccer will be hosted there.

This will be the first time that an Arab country will host these events. For the World Track and Field Championships, Doha beat out Eugene, Oregon and Barcelona, Spain.

Qatar has been accused of funding various terrorist organizations over the years. Also, the majority of people in Qatar are migrant slaves who are treated harshly. People are not free to practice Christianity or attend church. If a person converts to Christianity from Islam, a person may face the death penalty.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the body that selects where future track and field championships are located. They work closely with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and indirectly with the United Nations (UN).

In 2014, the United Nations passed a resolution recognizing the autonomy of sport (IOC) as an important tool that will supposedly help foster political neutrality as well as lead to less boycotts and discrimination.

Steve McConkey, President of 4 Winds Christian Athletics, believes the UN, IOC, and IAAF send mixed messages as they proclaim world peace using athletics, but then allow persecuting countries to host sporting events.

The last major problem was when they allowed China to host the 2012 Olympics despite the country persecuting Christians, with over 100 million Christians forced underground.

“Sporting events allow people to enjoy something other than bad news,” says Steve McConkey. “If host countries do not solve their problems, they should not be allowed to host major sporting events. No country is perfect, but to persecute people for their Christian beliefs is always wrong.”

4 Winds Christian Athletics (4 WINDS) is a ministry that stands up worldwide for Christian athletes.

Steve and his wife are the founders (1988) and operate 4 WINDS. They started in world-class track and field ministries in 1981 and have done ministry work through nine Olympics. Steve was a USA National Club Coach from 1982 through 1992 with athletes ranking eighty times. In 2014, 4 WINDS started standing up worldwide for Christian athletes in every sport. Steve operates and periodically appears in articles and on radio worldwide. He graduated with honors from Western Kentucky University (Master of Science-Public Health), Minnesota State University, Mankato (BS-Community Health), and Webster High School (WI). They have lived in Eugene, Dallas-Fort Worth, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and now Madison, Wisconsin.

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