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London Awarded 2017 World Championships

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 14, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM UTC
London's Olympic Stadium track was vital in securing the bid for the 2017 World Athletic Championships. Photo: Yahoo Sport

Over 100 world-class athletes had backed the bid.

London's Olympic Stadium track was vital in securing the bid for the 2017 World Athletic Championships. Photo: Yahoo Sport

For the first time, London will be hosting the 2017 World Championships in Athletics. This news was announced by the sport’s governing body, the IAAF, last Friday. London had been competing against rival host nation Qatar and won the vote 16 to 10 among the IAAF’s council members.

London’s bid had been backed by more than 100 top athletes. It promised a “wealth of expertise and experience, a proven track record of commercial success and a stadium packed full of passionate fans”.

The UK Athletics chief, Ed Warner admitted that he and his team had “worked very hard for this. I’m the optimist in our camp and I’ve been optimistic all along.”

The decision to award the championships to London was hinged on the future of its state-of-the-art stadium. Apparently, there had been doubts whether or not the track would remain in the Olympic stadium after the 2012 Olympic Games. IAAF president Lamine Diack warned the UK Athletics team that if the track was not kept, London had virtually no chance of hosting the games.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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