Paralympics: London success earns 2017 world championships

 

London will make more sporting history by hosting the 2017 paralympic athletics world championships a month before the IAAF World Championships.

It will be the first time one city has hosted the two showpieces side-by-side after it was argued during the bidding process that London 2012 had justified the return of international paralympic competition to the capital. The championships, organised by the International Paralympic Committee, will be held at the Olympic Stadium in July.

"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," said London mayor Boris Johnson.

The athletics at the Paralympics drew sold-out crowds of 80,000 for every session and attracted more than a billion cumulated television viewers worldwide.

The British fans were treated to 11 athletics gold medals this summer and will have another chance to see the likes of T44 men's 100 metres Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock at the stadium.

"This year London just staged the best spectacle of sport the world has seen," said Johnson, who is chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation.

"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."

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