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04 November 2010 | News | By: Dean Nicholas

London Pulls Out Of World Athletics Championship Bid

London Pulls Out Of World Athletics Championship Bid

1802_stadium.jpg Ministers have decided to pull London's bid for the 2015 World Athletics Championship, little more than two weeks before the winner is announced. The bid, which was announced in March, has been scuppered by ongoing uncertainty surrounding the fate of the Olympic stadium: the rival bids, principally those of West Ham and Spurs, differ on the question of retaining the running track, a sina qua non for athletics tournaments. Sports fans won't be best pleased by the news, but London may have dodged a bullet here: our successful bid for the 2005 Championship was hamstrung when the planned venue, a £87 million stadium in Picketts Lock, Edmonton, fell victim to the Government's axe in 2001. The Championship is now likely to be held in Beijing, the sole remaining bidder.

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Jess

What a load of B/S. Those commuters are obviously employed in London, so you could argue that they're taking wealth earned in London out of London anyway, not to mention clogging up the Tubes.
So 'milch' them dry, I say :)

JW

Be honest, you were introduced to that Alexander quote through Die Hard...

Mike

I think I saw a video that involved milching once. It looked painful.
JW - alas I studied Classics for many years before Die Hard, but I was tempted to use some lines from Iron Maiden's 'Alexander the Great' in that post...

jamesup

To do this twice, well, that's embarrassing...

_BigmanInc

So much for our great decade of sport ... first the news that our 2018 world cup bid has been seriously damaged by our press and their desire to create news by luring people into crime, and now this.

jamesup

To do this twice, well, that's embarrassing...

DeanN

"...first as tragedy, then as farce"?
Still, at least we don't have the humiliation of having to forfeit a winning bid.

_BigmanInc

So much for our great decade of sport ... first the news that our 2018 world cup bid has been seriously damaged by our press and their desire to create news by luring people into crime, and now this.

DeanN

I have every confidence our 'great decade' will be as successful as the fabled 'golden generation' of footballers in the Noughties.