Doha, Qatar: An "aspirational" falcon called Falah, who is also "competitive and courageous", was officially unveiled as the World Athletics Championships' mascot on Tuesday, which will take place between 27 September and 6 October at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.
"The falcon, to us in Qatar and to all the Arab countries, it means a lot," said Dahlan Al Hamad, president of the Qatar Athletics Federation and vice-president of the IAAF.
"The falcon represents the speed, represents the vision, represents the hunting of the target to be in the front."
Hamad added that everything was "on schedule" for the championships, the first ever to be held in the Middle East, and which start on September 28.
Falah was revealed by championship organisers during Qatar National Sports Day, an annual public holiday in the Gulf state used to encourage people to take up an activity.
Sheikha Asma bint Thani Al Thani of the Qatar Olympic Committee said the unveiling of the mascot and approach of the championships was "very, very exciting".
"Falah in Arabic means he who aspires, or she who aspires to achieve their best in everything that they do," she said.