Bubka and Coe are the heirs to Lamine Diack’s leadership of the IAAF, and Bubka knows that the best thing for the IAAF right now is to show a common front. Both are very good sports politicians and Mr. Bubka was just stating the obvious.
In the lead up to the vote, Mr. Bubka was one of the toughest critics of the London bid, due to the questions about the London Olympic stadium, which had sunk earlier British bids. In the end, Sergey Bubka noted that both Beijing and London showed the power of the Olympic Games and the importance, for the World Championships, of having the events in major cities.
In digging into the battle for the 2017 World Championships, it has become quite clear that the competition, was, at the very least, robust! London and Doha pulled out all of the stops, and the decision could have gone either way. Sergey Bubka was right, London winning the bid was the right thing for the sport at this time!
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