Christine Ohuruogu has expressed her concern over the awarding of the 2019 World Athletics Championships to Doha.

The reigning world 400m champion warned expected high temperatures in the Qatari capital could pose a health risk to endurance athletes.

Doha beat off competition from Eugene and Barcelona to earn the vote of the IAAF council following presentations from all three cities in Monaco.

Organisers say they will combat the heat by staging the event between September 28 and October 6 - rather than in August when the championships are usually held - and have raised the possibility of using cooling technology.

But speaking to the Guardian on the eve of the Sunday Times & Sky Sports Sports Women of the Year Awards, Ohuruogu said: " To have the extra pressure of your body having to work against that heat, I just wonder how many people will manage.

"It's a concern. Maybe the sprinters can get away with it because they are not out there for that long but for the guys who are running laps and laps, they are pushing their bodies to the limit anyway, to add the extra ingredient of extreme heat, I would be worried about what would happen to them and their health.

"If it does get uncomfortably hot and starts encroaching into the area of health and safety, I think you really have to think about where you are making athletes go to."

Qatar Olympic Committee's senior advisor Aphrodite Moschoudi sought to reassure the council during Doha's presentation that heat will not be a problem for the World Championships.

Moschoudi said: "There are two great things about these dates. First the temperature in Doha at this time of year is no different to several recent World Championships.

"Average temperature at that time of the year is even lower than temperatures we have at our Diamond League meeting every May.

"Second, it would allow us to introduce the innovation of staging the championships as a fantastic grand finale to the season, which we know is something you often discuss."

Doha will now stage the World Championships three years before the country is set to host the football World Cup in 2022.

FIFA's decision to stage the World Cup in Qatar has drawn considerable controversy, with a recent report clearing both the Arab country's bid for 2022 and Russia's plans for 2018 being questioned by chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia, who announced he would appeal against the ruling last week.

IAAF president Lamine Diack praised all three bidding cities and said he felt confident any one of them could have delivered a memorable event.

"I think I was, during this week, the only one to relax because of the bids," he joked.

Diack revealed that Barcelona, which has obvious pedigree having previously hosted the 2012 World Junior Outdoor Championships and the 1992 Olympics, was eliminated in the first round with six votes.

There had been suggestions that the Spanish city might lose out due to a perceived desire to move outside of Europe given London is the host city in 2017.

Those predictions may not have been too far off the mark as Doha picked up 12 votes, while United States city Eugene had nine as both progressed to a second round.

If Eugene, which is in Oregon, had won it would have been the first world championships to be staged in the USA and that must have been a temptation in a close final vote, but Doha eventually won out 15 votes to 12.

Diack added: "I'm sure that we will have, in Doha, a wonderful edition of the World Championships.

"I am convinced they are committed through sport to developing their country and their community. And they are doing the right things."