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Mayor backs London as Doho offer prize funds

Mayor backs London as Doho offer prize funds- 11 Nov 2011 00:00:00

On the day that the hosts of the 2017 World Athletics Championships will be decided, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson has revealed his backing for the London 2017 campaign, while sole competition Doha have offered to pay the entire £5m bill for prize money – if they are awarded the event.

The International Association of Athletics Federations will announce the winner on Friday afternoon.

'The idea is that the prize money could be used for the future development of athletes,' Sheikh Saoud said.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is set to join a top delegation in Monaco to lend his support to London's bid to host the Championships.

The Mayor will be part of the team - including Sports Minister Hugh Robertson MP, IAAF Vice-President and LOCOG chair Sebastian Coe and UK Athletics chair Ed Warner - presenting to IAAF members before they cast their votes this afternoon. 

The Mayor of London, Boris 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.’

The World Championships were first staged in 1983 and were originally designed to be every four years, but in 1993 became a biennial event.

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