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Where are all the fans at the World Athletics Championships?

By Ben Morse, for CNN

Published 1050 GMT (1850 HKT) October 1, 2019
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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates with her son Zyon after winning the women's 100 meters final, but the empty stands have caused controversy. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Fraser-Pryce crosses the finish line to win the women's 100 meters final ahead of Dina Asher-Smith. Huge cloths were spread out on the upper tiers of the Khalifa Stadium to mask the empty spaces. Michael Steele/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Christian Coleman celebrates winning gold in the men's 100 meters, traditionally the blue riband event. But there were vast swathes of empty seats. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Small pockets of spectators look on during day one of World Athletics Championships in Doha 2019. Maja Hitij/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Spectators spread out to watch the heats of the women's 400 meters. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Ethiopian fans cheer on their athletes in the Khalifa International Stadium. Andy Lyons/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images for IAAF
A general view of the Khalifa International Stadium. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Karsten Warholm wins gold in the men's 400 meters hurdles with just a few thousand spectators looking on. Maja Hitij/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images