Doha 2017 gets support

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Internationally renowned sprint Veronica Campbell–Brown has shown her support for Doha's bid for the 2017 IAAF World Championships.

Breaking onto the international scene in 2000, sprint specialist Veronica Campbell–Brown has made her mark in history as one of the most successful female athletes ever. She is known within the world of athletics for her hard work ethic and dedication, as well as her involvement in womens development as a UNESCO Champion for Sport Ambassador. Having competed at the 2010 World Indoor Championships in Doha where she won the 60m competition, she is recognised throughout the world as a strong female role–model. Hailing from Jamaica, the five–time Olympic medallist and reigning 200m World Champion has broken through many barriers herself on her way to the top. Campbell–Brown stated: A World Championships in Doha is about creating new opportunities for the expansion of athletics. One cause that is close to my heart is the development of women in sports, Doha 2017 has new and innovative ideas for breaking through many barriers facing our sport, I hope my support will serve as a platform for one in particular – to advance the development of women in sports in Qatar and around the world. Abdulla Al–Zaini, president of the QAAF and executive director of the Doha 2017 Bid Committee, commented: We are pleased and honoured to have Veronicas support for our bid. Doha 2017 is about breaking barriers and in doing so we aim to expand and develop our sport worldwide, we hope to develop solutions for the future of Athletics so that one day the World Championships can expand to other countries and athletes like Veronica can experience the joy of competing in their home countries. Meanwhile, Lawrence Okoye, British all–time record holder in the discus, has been named as the latest ambassador and member of the Athlete Commission for Londons bid to host the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships. The London–born 20 year–old, 66 and 22 stone, is lending his support to his home citys bid to stage the global athletics event in Londons Olympic Stadium in 2017. Okoye shot to prominence in July with a British all–time record throw of 67. 63m. As the youngest member of the London 2017 bid teams Athlete Commission, Okoye will have the unique opportunity to influence Londons bid for a championships that, at age 25 in the summer of 2017, he will hope to be peaking at. Okoye joins fellow Brits Denise Lewis (chairman) and Jason Gardener (vice–chairman) on the Athlete Commission, as well as international stars Haile Gebrselassie, Jesse Williams and Fabiana Murer.

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