Stephen Timms has hailed the announcement that London will be the host city of the IAAF World Athletics Championships in 2017 as “a victory for the people of East London”. The announcement on Friday 11 November at a ceremony in Monaco will ensure a long term athletics legacy for the 2012 Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

London was selected by the IAAF Council to be the host city beating Doha, Qatar for the right by 16 votes to 10. The London bid was led by Lord Sebastian Coe and UK Athletics as the British federation. The 2012 Olympic Stadium will be used to stage the Championships.

Speaking after the announcement, Mr Timms said “I am absolutely delighted that London has been awarded the 2017 IAAF World Championships. I hope an entire generation of young athletes will be inspired by the chance to compete in a World Championships on their home soil. This is not only a victory for British athletics but for the people of East London too. It ensures the much needed investment in our Borough is more of a marathon than a 100m sprint and I welcome it wholeheartedly. And it vindicates the position taken by West Ham FC that the athletics track at the stadium should be maintained.”  

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