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London to host 2017 IPC Champs

19th December 2012, 05:05pm

London: Will host IPC event in 2017

London: Will host IPC event in 2017

The city of London will hope to recreate the summer of 2012 in the Olympic Stadium in 2017 after being named hosts of the IPC Athletics World Championships.

One month before the IAAF World Championships, the world's leading Paralympic athletes will take to the track and field in Stratford as, for the first time, one city hosts the two championships side-by-side.

The bid was successful after Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, pointed to the success of the London 2012 Games, while the International Paralympic Committee hope the enthusiasm which greeted the Paralympics in August and September will be emulated in four-and-a-half years' time.

Xavier Gonzalez, chief executive of the IPC, who organise the event, said: "The London 2012 Paralympic Games were some of the best we've ever seen, and we cannot wait to see Great Britain embrace the Paralympic movement once again with open arms.

"The bar has been set high for the 2017 IPC Athletics World Championships, and we are eager to see the worldwide media attention they attract."

Johnson, who is chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation and submitted a formal bid for the event last month, said: "This year London just staged the best spectacle of sport the world has seen.

"By bringing the IPC Championships to our wonderful Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park just a month before the World Championships, the capital is poised to recreate the magic of London 2012.

"London's Paralympic Games were the first ever to sell out and these championships provide a perfect chance to build on that enthusiasm for disabled sport, bringing back the world's greatest Paralympians to the Olympic Stadium, and at the same time providing a major economic boost to the capital."

IPC President Sir Philip Craven hailed London 2012 as the "best Games" in history with 1,134 athletes taking part in track and field events, setting 102 world and 139 Paralympic records.

The athletics events were particularly well received as British wheelchair racers David Weir and Hannah Cockroft, amputee sprinters Jonnie Peacock and Richard Whitehead and others became household names in front of sold-out crowds of 80,000 for every session.

The IPC Athletics World Championships are the largest single-sport competition for athletes with an impairment in the world and take place on a bi-annual basis.

The 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships were held in Christchurch, New Zealand and next year's event will be staged in Lyon, France.

The London event will be anticipated to be the biggest yet.

Ed Warner, IPC Athletics Sport Technical Committee chairperson and chair of UK Athletics, said: "The UK's capital city has already demonstrated its ability to provide an excellent experience for athletes and spectators alike.

"London 2017 will bring record crowds for an IPC World Championships, creating an ideal backdrop for athletes to break records, further raising the profile of sport for people with an impairment in the process."


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