Highlights of Day One - 209th IAAF Council Meeting in London

The first day of the 209th IAAF Council Meeting took place in London chaired by IAAF President Sebastian Coe.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe and CEO Olivier Gers / © Christopher Lee for IAAF
The highlight of the day was a presentation to Council by the local organising committee (LOC) for the IAAF World Championships London 2017 (4 to 13 August).

The LOC is meeting the plethora of milestones that comes at this stage of preparation and is on track to delivering a great event with full stadia and passionate fans.

The international tickets sales are the best ever with 605,000 tickets sold to date, more than any other IAAF World Championships. This includes 80,000 children’s tickets at the Usain Bolt price of £9.58.

The marathons on Sunday 6 August and the Festival of Race Walks on Sunday 13 August in the City of London offer a unique opportunity for the sport to dominate the landscape of London, maximising attention.

The marathon start and finish will be on Tower Bridge and the course of 4x10km loops is very spectator friendly and takes in many iconic London landmarks with victory ceremonies held in the Tower of London Moat.

The race walks will be held on a two-kilometre loop along The Mall, between Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square with the world famous ‘Changing of the Guard’ being featured with victory ceremonies taking place against the stunning backdrop of Buckingham Palace at the end of the day.

Important milestones to the start of the championships:

  • 20 April: Mascot unveiled
  • 26 April: 100 days to go
  • 25 May: Medal design unveiled
  • 1 June: Training begins for 700 volunteers - ‘The Runners’
  • 15 June: 50 days to go
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