The IAAF, the world governing body for athletics, has awarded the 2015 World Championships for hosting to China.
The event will take place at the Birds’ Nest stadium which became the icon of the 2008 Olympics hosted in the same city. Laime Diack, the head of the IAAF, said he thought it was a great opportunity to help build up a sport in a country with a population of 1.6 bn, which Diack considered as a continent rather than merely a country.
The 2015 World Athletics Championships will be the second most important sporting event to be hosted by China, after the 2008 Olympics, according to Ling Jiumin, Beijing’s vice mayor. Jingmin was confident that the city would set unprecedentedly high standards in hosting the world event.
Beijing which has a population of 17 million is the fourth Asian city to be selected to host the event. The first was Tokyo which hosted it in 1991. Another Japanese city, Osaka, was chosen as the venue of the 2007 event. Daegu in South Korea will oversee the championships in 2011.
Earlier, London had bid for the event, but withdrew the bid after doubts over using the 2012 Olympic Stadium as a venue.
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