Sunday, November 13, 2011
London selected to host 2017 IAAF World Championships
In Monaco last Friday, London was selected over Doha, Qatar, for the right to host the 16th edition of the IAAF World Championships. The English capital, which failed with bids to host the 2001 and 2015 Worlds, will use the 2012 Olympic Stadium. Bid leader Sebastian Coe said: "This bid has been developed by athletes and athletics, for athletes and athletics."
LONDON BID KEY POINTS
The Olympic Stadium (capacity 60,000) has been built and the running track is part of its 99-year lease
The proposed date of late July or early August avoids clashes with European and American football
The stadium is likely to be sold out for every session
London's cultural diversity
The London bid revealed that the budget for the championships would now cover the £5m prize fund as Doha offered to do. In te end, the vote was 16 to 10.
Considering that the 2013 edition will be hosted by Moscow, Russia (10 - 18 August 2013), followed by Beijing, China in 2015 (22 - 30 August 2015), the 2017 games are literally on our doorstep. Certainly for any Irish athletes, it will mean a lot less travelling.