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London 2017 MD becomes latest board member to exit

Sally Bolton, managing director of the local organising committee for London’s hosting of the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) World Championships, has opted to step down from the role due to personal reasons.

Bolton (pictured) joined London 2017 in May 2014 and had overseen plans during the early stages of preparations for the IAAF's showpiece event. However, in a statement on the London 2017 website, the organisation said that Bolton will now leave her post. The organisation did not elaborate on the reasons behind the decision.

“I'm incredibly proud of the work that has been completed in achieving the early milestones that lay the foundations for the event’s success,” Bolton said. “I wish the team well in what is going to be an exciting 18 months, and I look forward to seeing some amazing sport take place at next year's championship.”

London 2017 chair Ed Warner added: “Sally has successfully laid the foundations for what will be the best ever World Championships next year and we wish her well for the future.”

Bolton’s departure comes after two London 2017 board members last week also opted to step down from the organisation. Deputy chair Heather Hancock and audit committee chair Martin Stewart both resigned from the board, with the Reuters news agency citing differences with Warner as the main reason behind their exits.

The 2017 IAAF World Championships will take place from August 5-13 at London's Olympic Stadium.