Athletics Athletics

London to bid for 2017 Worlds


LONDON, England, August 19 – British athletics chiefs confirmed Thursday they plan to bid for the 2017 World Athletics Championships using the new Olympic Stadium in London as the venue.

UK Athletics said the bid would be launched with the full support of the Government and the Mayor of London.

London 2012 chief Sebastian Coe will formally submit the bid at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea later this month.

“The IAAF and the athletics family have been unwavering in their support for an Olympic legacy and played a crucial role in securing it,” Coe said in a statement.

“A successful bid will be our opportunity to say thank you for that constant support by delivering a fantastic IAAF World Championships in London that will help drive more young people in to the sport,” he added.