OPINION: Championship director, World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships London 2017, Neils de Vos is excited about upcoming championships at QEOP

PUBLISHED: 08:00 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:21 31 May 2017


There are now less than two months to go until we stage the biggest sporting events in the world in 2017 right here in Newham.

It is a special place and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is full of great memories.

Together the World Para Athletics Championships (July 14-23) and IAAF World Championships London 2017 (4-13 August) mark a fantastic summer of world athletics. And it’s all the more remarkable that these great championships are taking place while the transformation of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park continues apace with new homes, schools and jobs.

We have two British teams with much promise for both championships and as organisers we have launched some great initiatives as the countdown to the start of the World Para Athletics Championships continues.

With help from Blue Peter and a talented nine-year-old called Elinor, our mascots – Whizbee the Bee for the World Para Athletics Championships and Hero the Hedgehog for the IAAF World Championships – have been successfully revealed.

Schools across the UK are making the most of our free education resource, Starting Blocks, and our ticket offer to attend the World Para Athletics Championships, with over 100,000 children – including 10,000 from Newham – set to come to the London Stadium.

Volunteer offers are going out after almost 7,000 people were interviewed across a three-month period and we are proud to have launched our official ticket resale platform to allow genuine athletics fans who are unable to attend certain sessions of the championships to sell their unwanted tickets back to genuine athletics fans.

We are expecting record numbers for the World Para Athletics Championships and the IAAF World Championships are on course to become the first of its kind in history to sell out.

All we need now are the stars of the show – the athletes. And of course, we hope to see you there!

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