Paralympics: London to host 2017 IPC worlds

London was rewarded for its successful organisation of the Paralympic Games on Wednesday when it was named as the host city of the 2017 IPC Athletics World Championships.

The event, organised under the banner of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), will take place at London's Olympic Stadium, just a month before the World Athletics Championships gets under way at the same venue.

The move means London will become the first city to host the two championships concurrently.

"This year London just staged the best spectacle of sport the world has seen," said London mayor Boris Johnson, who is also chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation.

"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.

"London's Paralympic Games were the first ever to sell out, and these Championships provide a perfect chance to build on that enthusiasm for disabled sport, bringing back the world's greatest Paralympians to the Olympic Stadium, and at the same time providing a major economic boost to the capital."

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