London has another reason to celebrate as it is announced as host for the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships

London has officially been awarded host city by the IAAF for the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships following a successful bid by UK Athletics, DCMS, the Mayor of London, London & Partners and UK Sport.

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26 council members from the International Association of Athletics Federation delivered their verdict in Monaco today following final bid reviews from shortlisted candidates London and Qatari capital, Doha.

Building an Olympic legacy for the capital, London 2017 will see one of the world's greatest sporting events held in one of the world's greatest cities five years on from London 2012. Hosted once again at the Olympic Stadium, London 2017 will be ready to welcome passionate fans representing every one of the IAAF’s 212 member nations back to the capital.

Speaking today from Monaco, The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "Despite an excellent challenge from Doha, the London team put together a cracking bid which has paid off with this fantastic news today. With the 2017 championships now in the diary next summer’s London Games is just the start of a long and active life for our magnificent stadium.

He added: “In addition to athletics it will host a variety of sports competitions including football as well as a range of other events from major concerts to community activities. I am absolutely thrilled for London."

Over the last decade, London has transformed itself to become recognised globally as a leading city for major sporting events, having already won the bid to host high profile sporting fixtures post-2012 including the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final, the 2013 ITU World Championship Series Triathlon Grand Final and the 2015 Canoe Slalom World Championships.

Based on the success of London 2012’s International Inspiration Project, London 2017 has revealed the international legacy programme that will be launched now that the city has won its bid to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships. LEAP 2017 has been designed to engage two million children in athletics across 17 developing countries over four years.

Iain Edmondson, Head of Major Events at London & Partners said;

‘Since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid was announced six years ago, we’ve been working hard to ensure that all the enhancements to our city leading up to the Games continue to be of benefit to both the international community and Londoners alike long after 2012. Winning the right to host the World Athletics Championships in 2017 in addition to London 2012 reinforces London’s position as a global leader for major sporting events and is testament to the investment we are demonstrating for the future of the capital and the lasting legacy of the Olympic Games.’

Notes to Editors

The London bid was led by Lord Sebastian Coe and UK Athletics as the British federation. It was being in close partnership with the British Government, Mayor of London, UK Sport and London & Partners.

For the first time ever, this incredibly powerful coalition have come together, united by a single ambition; to host the greatest ever IAAF World Championships in Athletics in London in 2017.

For more detail on the bid, the team behind the bid and the activities undertaken by London 2017 please visit


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