Lewis heads London 2017 bid

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Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis will head up London's bid for the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

She has been named chairman of the Athlete Commission as the capital goes head to head with Doha to host the event at the Olympic Stadium. Jason Gardener will be vice–chairman and if successful they will form part of the London Organising Committee. The IAAF Evaluation Commission arrived in London on Sunday 9 October and will make the final announcement on 11 November. UK Athletics announced it would bid to host the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in London with the full backing of the UK government and mayor of London in August 2011. The bid is being supported by a coalition from UKA, DCMS, UK Sport and London & Partners, the mayor of London's official promotional agency. Coe will personally submit the bid at this years IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu. Sports minister Hugh Robertson commented: " The demand for London 2012 athletics tickets proves the level of public support that exists for world class track and field. Hosting the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships would be a wonderful legacy from London 2012 and help us fulfil a commitment made during the bid. We have vast experience in hosting world class sporting events and London would be a fantastic location for the Championships. It would provide a considerable boost to the capitals economy and help grow the sport by inspiring young people. " Liz Nicholl, UK Sports chief executive, commented: " UK Sport is committed to using the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as a catalyst for bringing even more world class events to towns and cities right across the UK. We have already started to secure events for 2013–2018 and the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships would make a fantastic addition to this ambitious programme, so we are delighted to be supporting UKAs bid and have no doubt that we could deliver a spectacular event. " UKA chairman Ed Warner added: " We have the resources, the technical excellence and of course a deep rooted passion for sport. That combined with this committed coalition is, I hope a winning combination for the number one Olympic sport. ","43

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