London wins bid to host the 2017 World Athletics!

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London wins bid to host the 2017 World Athletics!

Post by Guest on Sun Nov 13, 2011 6:19 am



The city of London will host the 2017 World Athletics Championships following the announcement of the International Association of Athletics Federations' decision this afternoon.

London was up against a rival bid from Doha in Qatar but the British bid, headed by Lord Sebastian Coe, won the right to stage the championships following a vote of the IAAF council in Monaco.

Joining Lord Coe in Monaco to represent the London bid were former heptathlon gold medalist Denise Lewis and 18-year-old British sprinter Jodie Williams. Contributions were also provided by Sports and Olympic minister Hugh Robertson and Mayor of London Boris Johnson





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Coe said: "It's a great, great result and it's down to the clarity of the message that (UK Athletics chairman) Ed Warner and the team have been working on.

"The maintenance of the track and field legacy was absolutely crucial.

"It was very important for us not to get spooked by inducements (from Doha) and just to make sure that people understood in London we have the stadium stuffed to the gunnels with people who look like they want to be there and know why they want to be there."



Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/more-sport/athletics/2011/11/11/london-wins-bid-to-host-the-2017-world-athletics-championships-115875-23554966/#ixzz1dZ0PSL84

The news comes as a major relief to UK Athletics officials after previous bids to stage the championships ended in failure.

A bid for the 2001 World Championships had to be abandoned after initial plans for an athletics track to be included in the redevelopment of Wembley Stadium were scrapped.

London was then awarded the 2005 Championships after Prime Minister Tony Blair promised a new stadium at Picketts Lock in north London would be built to host them.

But they were taken away after the Government went back on its promise and were given to Helsinki instead, while the 2011 bid was withdrawn due to uncertainty surrounding the future of the Olympic Stadium.



Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/more-sport/athletics/2011/11/11/london-wins-bid-to-host-the-2017-world-athletics-championships-115875-23554966/#ixzz1dZ0XmwJP

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Re: London wins bid to host the 2017 World Athletics!

Post by Guest on Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:04 am

Oh Joy another massive drain on the public purse while essential services are being cut. Evil or Very Mad

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Re: London wins bid to host the 2017 World Athletics!

Post by Guest on Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:03 pm

Nems Again wrote:Oh Joy another massive drain on the public purse while essential services are being cut. Evil or Very Mad

Thats exactly what I thought. We need this like a hole in the head!

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Re: London wins bid to host the 2017 World Athletics!

Post by Guest on Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:51 am

So long as it is just the council tax payers of London that is paying for it, I could not care less. BUT if anybody outside London or the taxpayer in general has to pay a penny, I think it is a bloody disgrace.

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Re: London wins bid to host the 2017 World Athletics!

Post by Guest on Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:07 pm

fred bloggs wrote:So long as it is just the council tax payers of London that is paying for it, I could not care less. BUT if anybody outside London or the taxpayer in general has to pay a penny, I think it is a bloody disgrace.

Its a good point but i bet we all end up paying through the nose for it.

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