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UK Athletics appoints RLWC chief to lead London 2017 preparations

UK Athletics has appointed Sally Bolton as managing director of the organising committee for London’s hosting of the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships and International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Athletics World Championships in 2017.

The events, which were awarded to London in 2011, will mark the first occasion that both championships have been staged in the same city. Bolton will now head up the organising committee for both events and oversee preparations ahead of the 2017 championships.

Bolton’s appointment comes shortly after she served as general manager of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup national team tournament, which took place in England, Wales, Ireland and France from October 26 to November 30.

“This is one of the biggest sports event challenges anywhere in the world, with responsibility for staging two World Championships back to back on the same scale to athletics in the Olympics and Paralympics,” Bolton said. “To have been offered the chance to lead the delivery in London, in the Olympic Stadium, following the massive success of athletics in 2012, is a huge challenge and an even bigger inspiration.”

The organising committee is delivering both events on behalf of UK Athletics, the Greater London Authority and UK Sport, supported by the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Niels de Vos, chief executive of UK Athletics, added: “We are delighted to have recruited a leader of Sally's calibre. She was the outstanding candidate for a role which attracted global interest. She has precisely the hands-on delivery experience we are after, and has the accolades to prove it from her successful leadership of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.”