Athletics: London 2017 bid wins
(CNN) — London has beaten off the challenge of Doha to be named as host for the 2017 World Athletics Championships.
The British capital beat its Qatari counterpart in a vote of the 27 members of the IAAF Council in Monaco Friday.
It will be the 16th edition of the biennial championships and the first to be staged in Britain.
The majority of the action will take place in the stadium built for next year’s 2012 Olympics.
“This is great news both for London and the whole country,” said British prime minister David Cameron.
“There is no better way to follow the Olympics, and to build on its legacy, than by welcoming the world’s greatest athletes back to London for the 2017 World Championships,” he added.
London’s bid was led by former double Olympic champion Sebastian Coe, who is also chairman of the organizing committee of the 2012 Games.
Moscow is to host the 2013 championships with Beijing staging the 2015 edition.
It is another triumph for Coe and the London bidding team after Qatar, buoyed by success in winning the rights to stage football’s 2022 World Cup, made a strong presentation backed up by financial guarantees of over $200 million.
London was awarded the 2005 world championships, but had to withdraw when a proposed new athletics stadium in north London never materialized, and the event went to Helsinki in Finland instead.
But with organizers of the London 2012 Olympics promising that there would be an athletics legacy from the main stadium, a renewed bid for 2017 was progressed.
London-based English Premier League football teams Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham have been locked in an increasingly acrimoniousbattle over the rights to use the Olympic stadium after the Games.
Tottenham wanted to remove the athletics track and built a dedicated stadium for track and field in south London, while West Ham promised to leave the facility in place.
West Ham subsequently won exclusive use of the stadium, but 2012 organizers then back-tracked under threat of legal action and will instead lease it out for a range of different uses, including football.
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