Government backs bid to bring IAAF competition to the Olympic Stadium.
The bid will be led by Sebastian Coe and supported by a coalition of DCMS, UKA, UK Sport and London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s official promotional agency. Lord Coe will personally submit the bid at this year’s IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu and a decision is expected on 11 November 2011.
An Olympic legacy
Sports Minister Hugh Robertson said: “The demand for London 2012 athletics tickets proves the level of public support that exists for world class track and field. Hosting the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships would be a wonderful legacy from London 2012 and help us fulfil a commitment made during the bid.”
The UK has vast experience in hosting world class sporting events. Holding the World Championships in London would provide a considerable boost to the capital’s economy, and help develop Athletics by inspiring young people.