Athletics: Wembley athletics bid on track

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The Independent Online
ATHLETICS LOOKS set to have a place at the new Wembley after all, with the 2005 World Championships providing the showpiece attraction. UK Athletics and Wembley National Stadium Ltd yesterday confirmed that a bid to host the 2005 event at Wembley can go ahead as planned.

It had been feared that the bid would be hampered by the debate surrounding the rebuilding of Wembley with the deadline for submissions under two weeks away. Architects had been given until today to rethink designs for the stadium after criticisms that it was unfit for major athletics events.

However, those fears appear to have been allayed with plans now agreed for the stadium to re-open in 2004 with an athletics "platform" in place, ready to host the championships the following year.