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Under-fire IAAF selects ExCeL for 2017 congress

Association will hold congress ahead of the World Championships, also in London, next year

Pictured: IAAF president Sebastian Coe. (IAAF / Philippe Fitte)

The under-fire IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) will bring its 2017 congress to London’s ExCeL, to coincide with the IAAF World Championships, taking place four miles away at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park,

Around 800 delegates, including some of the sports leading decision-makers, are expected to attend to debate issues affecting track and field. Currently, the association is beset by doping and bribery controversies.

Niels de Vos, London 2017 Championships director said: “Next summer London will become the first city to jointly host the World ParaAthletics Championships and IAAF World Championships London 2017 in the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium. We will also welcome the IAAF to London for their congress. All the key decision-makers in track and field from across the globe will be present for what will undoubtedly be a highly significant event for the world of athletics. It was important that we could provide a top class conference facility in a fitting environment so we are delighted that their congress will take place at ExCeL.”   

ExCeL London executive director James Rees added: “We are delighted to have been selected as the host venue for the IAAF Congress and look forward to welcoming delegates to the comfort and privacy of our International Convention Centre. ExCeL’s location at the heart of London’s ‘events district’ means that delegates will be able to enjoy easy access to the Olympic Park and surrounding attractions, hotels and restaurants.”

The IAAF Congress will take place on the 2-3 August, 2017, and will be immediately followed by the championships.

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