London to bid for 2017 track worlds



LONDON (AP) — London will bid to host the 2017 track and field world championships in the Olympic Stadium built for next year’s games.

UK Athletics confirmed Thursday it will launch a bid led by Sebastian Coe, the organizing committee chairman for the London Olympics.

The sports body said the bid has the full support of the British government and London Mayor Boris Johnson. It will be submitted to the IAAF by Coe at this year’s worlds in Daegu, South Korea.

British Sports Minister Hugh Robertson said hosting the event “would be a wonderful legacy from London 2012 and help us fulfill a commitment made during the bid.”

Other bidders include Budapest, Hungary, and Doha, Qatar. The IAAF is expected to announce the winning bid on Nov. 11.