Athletics

Jason Smyth and Usain Bolt start the race for London 2017 tickets

Ireland's Jason Smyth, centre, from Eglinton, Co. Derry, on his way to winning the Men's 100m T13 at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Qatar. Picture by Marcus Hartmann / SPORTSFILE
Staff reporter

NORTHERN Irish Paralympic champion Jason Smyth has welcomed plans to offer tickets for the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships (August 4-13, 2017) and World ParaAthletics Championships (July 14-23, 2017) in London at family friendly prices to encourage people from all over Northern Ireland to attend.

For the first time there will be athlete-themed fun ticket prices to reflect the world records set by athletes at previous World Championships. This will see all children's tickets for every session priced at £9.58 in celebration of Usain Bolt's 100m world record.

Tickets for the showpiece athletics event at the former Olympic Stadium in London cost just £60 for a family of four and will go on sale to the general public on August 1 this year.

The Derry sprinter, who is blind, believes this is a fantastic move by organisers to help introduce and encourage a whole new generation of athletes. Smyth has won gold medals at the last two IPC World Championships.

Smyth said: "The event is in London but this is a World Championships for the whole of the UK. Pricing at this level will hopefully enable people from all over Northern Ireland to think about going along to watch one of the biggest sports events in the world.

"There is nothing quite like experiencing the sport live and we all know that British spectators are some of the best sports fans you could ask for. This will be the biggest sports event to be staged in the Olympic Stadium since London 2012. This is a chance for everybody from Northern Ireland, especially those who missed out on Olympics tickets, to be part of something really big."

11-time World Champion Gold medal winner Usain Bolt said: "I always say that the children are the future and I commend the organisers of London 2017 on this initiative to give young people the chance to buy affordable tickets. I hope it will inspire many of them to get into athletics and look forward to seeing many young people filling seats next summer."

A total of 1.5m tickets will go on general sale via a ballot after the application period from August 1 until the closing time of 20.17pm on Aug 22.

For more information about tickets and the event schedule please visit www.london2017athletics.com

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