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UK wins 2017 World Athletics Championship bid

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London to host competition

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has awarded London the right to host the World Athletics Championships in 2017.

Sports Minister Hugh Robertson, who was in Monaco for the decision as part of the bid team, said: “I am absolutely delighted that London has won the right to host the World Athletics Championships in 2017. Our bid showed how passionate the UK is about athletics and this will leave a fantastic legacy from London 2012, with the Championships taking place in the Olympic Stadium.”

London beat a bid from Doha to win the Championship, which will be held in the capital in the summer of 2017.

Mr Robertson added: “The World Athletics Championships adds to the tally of major international sporting events that the UK is hosting over the next few years. We are now firmly on the map as a destination for putting on world-class sporting events.”

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