5:24 PM EST, November 11, 2011
In a move that proves good sense can trump energy dollars, the international track federation Friday chose London rather than Doha, capital of gas-rich Qatar, as the host of the 2017 World Track and Field Championships.
Lamine Diack, president of the international federation (IAAF) said the body's governing council chose London by a 16-10 margin.
That decision validates months of effort by the London Olympic Organizing Committee to ensure that it would fulfill its promise to have a track remain in the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Summer Games end.
Diack had reminded everyone of that promise three years ago when the possibility arose of the track being removed to accommodate a soccer team as post-Olympic tenant.
"We have fought very hard to have this stadium staying a stadium of athletics (track and field). . ."I remember some of you journalists saying (when the track was retained) that Lamine Diack had to deliver now, and so we have delivered now," Diack said Friday.
For the London Daily Telegraph's report on the decision, click here.
For more on why I felt London was the sane pick and Doha didn't deserve the event, click here.
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