POSTED: November 10th 2011

London and Doha in final countdown for IAAF World Championships vote tomorrow

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: With one more day of lobbying before the final vote for the 2017 IAAF World Championships tomorrow in Monaco home to the athletics federation both the Doha and London bids are throwing all their weight behind their campaigns.

Olympic host city London is hoping to perpetuate its athletics legacy by earning the right to host the championships. After the Games next summer the Olympic Stadium will be converted into a multi-sport venue with athletics at its main focus for international athletics competitions which London has staged many times.

London Mayor, Boris Johnson, is traveling to join the bid team today that includes Sports Minister Hugh Robertson MP, IAAF Vice-President and LOCOG chair Seb Coe and UK Athletics chair Ed Warnerand.

Johnson said, “London is the perfect place to welcome the global athletics family in 2017 and has put together a great bid that will deliver a memorable world championships. Both competitors and spectators will be spoilt for choice in a capital with so much to see and do during their stay.

“The world’s finest sports men and women will be able to compete in one of the finest athletics venues on the planet, packed with passionate fans cheering them on to break new records. And in a city where more than 300 languages are spoken, they will be able to count on strong support from their respective expatriate communities.”

Doha, in the bid race for the 2020 summer Olympics, is in final preparations to host the Arab Games in less than a month and would like to add one more elite level event to the city's growing high level sports calendar.

Abdulla Al Zaini, Doha bid executive director, noted, "Already we have activated so many international fans through various online social media networks and this Inside the Games poll is just the beginning.

"We will continue to attract international support and expand our reach all the way up to 2017 and beyond. This is a sign of great things to come for the World Championships and the future of Athletics, and we are the right partner to keep this momentum going." 

Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulraham Al Thani, chair of the Doha bid and secretary general of the Qatar National Olympic Committee (QOC), stated: "We are honoured that we are the choice of the people. Our partnership and dedication to Athletics resonates well with the world, and we hope that our commitment to Athletics has also made an impact on the IAAF.

"We look forward to sharing our vision with the IAAF Council Members tomorrow, and look forward to being able to expand our great Athletics partnership."

The 2011 championships were just held in Daegu, South Korea and the next upcoming edition will be in Moscow in 2013.

Keywords · London · Doha · 2017 IAAF World Championships · Boris Johnson · Abdulla Al Zaini · Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulraham Al Thani · athletics

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