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London to host historic double in 2017

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London will have the chance to build on its Olympic legacy after winning the right to host the 2017 Paralympic Athletics World Championships.

It will be the first time a city has hosted both the Paralympic and able-bodied events in the same year, with the World Athletics Championships to take place at the Olympic Stadium a month later.

"London's Paralympic Games were the first ever to sell out, and these championships provide a perfect chance to build on that enthusiasm," Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said.

"By bringing the IPC Athletics World Championships to our wonderful Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park just a month before the World Athletics Championships, the capital is poised to recreate the magic of 2012."

"We want to build on the huge success of the London 2012 Paralympics so I am delighted that the International Paralympic Committee has awarded London the honour of hosting its 2017 Athletics World Championships," Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson said.

"This is the latest in a long line of top class sporting events that will be staged in the UK over the next few years. Hosted in the iconic Olympic Stadium, I know it will receive huge support from the British public."

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