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bolton announced as managing director of 2017 world athletics championships organising committee

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Sally Bolton
2 May 2014

UK Athletics has today announced the appointment of Sally Bolton as Managing Director of the Organising Committee for the London double header of World Athletics Championships in 2017.

The Olympic Stadium will host both the IAAF World Championships and the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in a spectacular summer of athletics as the two World Championships are staged in the same city for the first time ever.

The Organising Committee is delivering the two Championships on behalf of UK Athletics, the Greater London Authority and UK Sport, supported by Department for Culture Media and Sport, after both were awarded to London in 2011.

Chief Executive Niels de Vos commented: "We are delighted to have recruited a leader of Sally's calibre.  She was the outstanding candidate for a role which attracted global interest.  She has precisely the hands-on delivery experience we are after, and has the accolades to prove it from her successful leadership of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup."

Sally herself said: "This is one of the biggest sports event challenges anywhere in the world, with responsibility for staging two World Championships back to back on the same scale to athletics in the Olympics and Paralympics.  To have been offered the chance to lead the delivery in London, in the Olympic Stadium, following the massive success of athletics in 2012, is a huge challenge and an even bigger inspiration."

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