Qatar to bid for 2017 world championships

Updated: Mar 17, 2011, 08:54 AM IST

Doha: Qatar will bid for the 2017 world athletics championships, the country`s Olympic Committee said on Wednesday.

Qatar, named this year as winning bidders for the 2022 soccer World Cup, hosted the world indoor championships last year.

London, hosting the Summer Olympics next year with a new stadium in east London, last week became the first city to announce a bid for the 2017 championships.

Formal bids must be submitted to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) by Sept. 1 with the winners to be announced in Monaco in November.

Beijing will host the 2015 championships after ending up as sole bidder after London withdrew due to uncertainty, now resolved, over the future use of the 2012 Olympic stadium.

Bureau Report