Past, Present & Future support London 2017, release, note by Larry Eder


The man who ushered in the sub four minute mile, Sir Roger Bannister, has announced his support of the London 2017 bid to host the World Championships in 2017....


Sir Roger Bannister amongst athletics stars backing bid to host World Championships


LONDON, November 9 2011: Athletics stars past, present and future are getting behind London's bid to host the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships.


Running legend and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sir Roger Bannister, 82, 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist shot putter Dylan Armstrong, 30 and World Junior Championships 100m gold medallist Jodie Williams, aged just 18, have joined forces to demonstrate athletes of all ages are behind London's bid.


On Friday (November 11) in Monaco the IAAF will decide the host city of the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships.


Jodie Williams, who will speak on behalf of the London bid in Monaco, said: "It is such an honour to be part of the London 2017 delegation. As a young athlete who will be just 23 in 2017 I was right behind the bid from the start - who wouldn't want to compete for a world title in their home city? But to be part of the team actually speaking to the IAAF Council is fantastic.


"London is undoubtedly the athlete's choice, I get a little awestruck when I see just how many great names have backed our bid, from Edwin Moses to Carmelita Jeter and of course our own World Champions Mo Farah and Dai Greene. They're speaking with the voice of experience, they know what it takes to succeed at the highest level and they know London will give us the best opportunity to break records.


"Of course it will be a little nerve-wracking standing in front of the council, but I believe in this bid and that's what I hope I can show to them."


Canadian Dylan Armstrong said: "'London 2017 has the support of athletes from around the world and they'll put on a champs that will be the best for athletes.


'I love the fact that they're already getting our thoughts on how to make their bid better and the prospect of taking our sport out to public. The idea of shot put training right next door to Tower Bridge is awesome and the athletes would relish the opportunity to train in such an historic setting up close and personal to the public."


Sir Roger Bannister commented: "Seeing the best athletes in the world in this country at next year's Olympic Games will be a real thrill for people of the UK. There is already a great amount of enthusiasm ahead of London 2012 and hosting the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London would be a brilliant way to inspire the next generation of young athletes. Athletics is a great sport both to watch and compete in and it would be good for its future if we were able to build on the excitement generated by the Olympics to keep those youngsters in athletics. Hopefully it will lead to another successful 100 years for the IAAF."


The trio join an impressive list of international athlete names supporting London's bid including Olympic legends Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie and American Edwin Moses, American high jump World Champion Jesse Williams and Brazilian World Champion Fabiana Murer. 


Current and former British athletes have also shown their support for the London 2017 with Jessica Ennis, Dai Greene, Phillips Idowu, Denise Lewis, Jonathan Edwards and Sally Gunnell all official bid ambassadors.

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