LONDON BIDS FOR 2017 WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

UK Athletics has confirmed it will bid to host the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in London.

The bid will be led by Lord Sebastian Coe and supported by a coalition from UKA, DCMS, UK Sport and London & Partners , the Mayor of London's official promotional agency. Coe will personally submit the bid at this year’s IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu and a decision is expected in November later this year.

Lord Coe said: "The IAAF and the athletics family have been unwavering in their support for an Olympic legacy and played a crucial role in securing it. A successful bid will be our opportunity to say thank you for that constant support by delivering a fantastic IAAF World Championships in London that will help drive more young people in to the sport."

The announcement will be great news for British fans as demand for London 2012 tickets showed a high level of public support exists for world class track and field. Olympic organisers believe hosting the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships would be an ideal legacy from London 2012 and help fulfil a commitment made during the bid.

Liz Nicholl, UK Sport’s chief executive, said: "UK Sport is committed to using the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as a catalyst for bringing even more world class events to towns and cities right across the UK. We have already started to secure events for 2013-2018 and the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships would make a fantastic addition to this ambitious programme, so we are delighted to be supporting UKA’s bid and have no doubt that we could deliver a spectacular event."

Posted on 18/08/2011