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City to host disabled athletics

The IPC World Athletics Championships will be staged in London in 2017.

London to host IPC Athletics Championships

Jonnie Peacock was one of the stars of the 2012 GB Paralympic team. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

London will welcome the world's best disabled athletes once again in 2017 after it was chosen to host the IPC Athletics World Championships. The Olympic Stadium in Stratford will stage the event in July, a month before the World Championships for non-disabled athletes also comes to the capital.

It is the first time a city has staged both events side-by-side. Xavier Gonzalez, the IPC's Chief Executive Officer, said: “The London 2012 Paralympic Games were some of the best we’ve ever seen, and we cannot wait to see Great Britain embrace the Paralympic Movement once again with open arms."

British fans filled the stadiums at the Paralympics this summer and Mayor Boris Johnson said: "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."

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