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London to host 2017 IPC Champs

London has been named as the host city for the 2017 IPC Athletics World Championships, Mayor Boris Johnson has announced.

The Championships, organised by the International Paralympic Committee, will be held at the Olympic Stadium in July, one month before the same venue stages the IAAF World Athletics Championships.

"By bringing the IPC Championships to our wonderful Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park just a month before the World Championships, the capital is poised to recreate the magic of London 2012," Johnson said.

It will be the first time one city has hosted the two Championships side-by-side after it was argued during the bidding process that London 2012 justifies the return of international Paralympic competition to the capital.

"This year London just staged the best spectacle of sport the world has seen," said Johnson, who is chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation.

"London's Paralympic Games were the first ever to sell out and these Championships provide a perfect chance to build on that enthusiasm for disabled sport, bringing back the world's greatest Paralympians to the Olympic Stadium, and at the same time providing a major economic boost to the capital."

IPC President Sir Philip Craven hailed London 2012 as the "best Games" in history with 1,134 athletes taking part in track and field events, setting 102 world and 139 Paralympic records.

The athletics at the Paralympics drew sold-out crowds of 80,000 for every session and attracted more than a billion cumulated television viewers worldwide.

"The UK's capital city has already demonstrated its ability to provide an excellent experience for athletes and spectators alike," said Ed Warner, IPC Athletics Sport Technical Committee Chairperson and Chair of UK Athletics.

"London 2017 will bring record crowds for an IPC World Championships, creating an ideal backdrop for athletes to break records, further raising the profile of sport for people with an impairment in the process."

The IPC Athletics World Championships are the largest single-sport competition for athletes with an impairment in the world and take place on a bi-annual basis.