Elite Paralympic athletes set for 2017 return to Newham

19 December 2012 in Mayor and Regeneration and Sport and leisure and Events
The world’s elite Paralympic athletes are set to return to Newham in 2017 when the borough will host the IPC Athletics World Championships at the Olympic stadium in Stratford.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) confirmed that the bid supported by Newham Council to host the event had been successful.

The blue-chip meeting will take place in July 2017 just a month before the same venue plays host to the IAAF World Athletics Championships.

As a result, London will become the first city to host the two Championships side-by-side, recreating the summer of sport which transformed the British capital in the summer of 2012.

The IPC highlighted how the excellent experience for athletes and spectators alike during the Paralympic Games had been a key factor in their decision.

Newham had a key role in delivering the Paralympic Games as it hosted the largest number of sporting event venues.

It also hosted training bases for Paralympic teams from around the world and hundreds of Newham volunteers helped visitors enjoy the biggest event of 2012.

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “The dual legacy promises of the 2012 Games were to transform the East End of London and inspire a generation through sport. In partnering to organise the 2017 IPC Athletics World Championships Newham will not only help to secure that legacy, we will underline our commitment to enhancing opportunities for people with disabilities.

“After an inspirational summer in London 2012, including the most successful Paralympic Games ever, there is no more fitting venue for these championships than the Olympic Stadium in Newham.”

Newham Council’s chief executive, Kim Bromley-Derry said: “This is excellent news that caps off an outstanding 2012 for Newham. The London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games focused the eyes of the world on Newham, London and the UK. It was our chance to shine and we rose to the occasion.

“Through a lot of very hard work by the council and our partners, we proved what was possible and helped create an incredible summer for everyone. We can now build on the momentum from London 2012 and work in partnership to deliver what I am sure will be a magnificent event.

“This also underlines our commitment to building a real and lasting legacy from the Games for all our residents.”