London and Gold Coast Win Bids

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London has been selected to host the 2017 IAAF World Championships and the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held in Gold Coast, Australia.

London was selected over Doha, Qatar, for the right to host the 16th edition of the IAAF World Championships. The vote was 16 to 10. The 2013 edition will be hosted by Moscow (10 – 18 August 2013), followed by Beijing in 2015 (22 – 30 August 2015). IAAF president Lamine Diack said: We had never in the history of the bidding process for the IAAF World Championships this type of ceremony with this amount of interest in the TV and newspapers and so on. We have never had this level before with bids all good and London won 16 to 10 votes, and the result is good for our sport. We have fought very hard to have this stadium staying a stadium of Athletics, and now we are all agreed it is staying with Athletics, and 25, 000 (capacity) is too small for London coming down from 85, so we now will have 60, 000 (seats). So I am happy. " The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: " Despite an excellent challenge from Doha, the London team put together a cracking bid which has paid off with this fantastic news today. With the 2017 championships now in the diary next summer's London Games is just the start of a long and active life for our magnificent stadium. " In addition to athletics it will host a variety of sports competitions including football as well as a range of other events from major concerts to community activities. I am absolutely thrilled for London. " The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be hosted by Gold Coast after a decision by the 70 nations and territories in attendance at the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly in St Kitts and Nevis on Friday 11 November 2011. The voting was 43 to 27. Gold Coast faced a tough battle from Hambantota for the right to follow Glasgow 2014 and host the 21st Commonwealth Games in its 88th year. CGF president the Hon. Michael Fennell said: " My sincere congratulations to Gold Coast – theirs was a fantastic bid and they are a very, very worthy winner. Hambantota was also a very strong bid, and we have a duty to take the Games to new places, but the bid needs to be the right thing for the Commonwealth Games movement at the right time. This time Gold Coast was successful, but I hope Hambantota consider bidding again – their team were wonderful. " The Games will take place from 4 to 15 April 2018.

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