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2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships

London’s sporting legacy has just got a whole lot bigger

Written by . Published on November 15th 2011.


2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships

LONDON has done it again. As the capital city steadies itself for next summer’s Olympics, the news that the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships will be held here too puts the icing on the cake to an already exciting future for UK sport.

It is hoped that the 2017 championships will help London build a long programme of sporting investment including an international legacy programme designed to engage two million children in seventeen developing countries over four years.

The successful bid was made by UK Athletics, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Mayor of London, London & Partners and UK Sport to 25 council members of the International Association of Athletics Federation.

The Olympic stadium will hold the games, a bonus for officials accused of over-spending on the venue, as well as the controversy surrounding the future of the stadium post-2012.

The bid saw off a challenge from Qatari capital, Doha, and London Mayor, Boris Johnson, paid tribute to the bid put together by the London 2017 team.

“With the 2017 championships now in the diary, next summer’s London Games is just the start of a long and active life for our magnificent stadium,” he said from Monaco. “In addition to athletics it will host a variety of sports competitions including football as well as a range of other events from major concerts to community activities. I am absolutely thrilled for London.”

This breathes new life into the Olympic legacy as well as adding to a number of sporting events to be held in the UK including 2013 UEFA Champions League Final, the 2013 ITU World Championship Series Triathlon Grand Final and the 2015 Canoe Slalom World Championships.

It is hoped that the 2017 championships will help London build a long programme of sporting investment including an international legacy programme designed to engage two million children in seventeen developing countries over four years.

Iain Edmondson, Head of Major Events at London and Partners says, “Winning the right to host the World Athletics Championships in 2017 in addition to London 2012 reinforces London’s position as a global leader for major sporting events and is testament to the investment we are demonstrating for the future of the capital and the lasting legacy of the Olympic Games.”

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