De Vos claims that there is "still huge appetite to watch track" and that they've sold 50,000 tickets to the Anniversary Games without even announcing any of the fields.
Apparently 2017 Worlds is the last time the government plans to let foreign athletes be exempt from the UK's harsh income tax laws.
She is the fourth member of the organizing board to step down. She is a former wheelchair champion and said, “I got tired of saying, ‘And what about (the Paralympic athletes)?'"
The track surface is being replaced and should be finished in time for events this summer. *IAAF
She quit "following a bloody boardroom battle that had already claimed two other directors."
*Apparently Bolton Quit Before They Were Forced Out After A Failed Power Battle With UKA Chairman Ed Warner They reportedly unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow Warner and assume control.
*The Guardian: The Depleted London 2017 Board Warns Of Risk To Delivery Of World Championships
Some feel there is conflict of interest since UKA chairman Ed Warner is also chairman of the 2017 board and that has lead to some sponsorship issues/delays as he wants to package sponsorship of UKA and Worlds together.
The IAAF Ethics Commission is investigating claims that Qatar officials were paying off IAAF voting members with "brown envelopes".
"The French police are looking at this and I have already implemented a review of our financial, marketing and sponsorship arrangements within the IAAF. ,.. If anything comes out of that nature, then clearly all those bids will be called in."
Qatari officials were seen handing out "brown envelopes" so London stepped up agreeing to cover the $7.2 million in prize money for Worlds. But now Warner wants an investigation and to get that money back.
Warner: “Very specifically, on the morning of the bid, council members of the IAAF and senior people at the IAAF were telling us that we were behind, and we were behind because the Qataris had promised to pay the $7.2m prize fund for the athlete prize money which otherwise the IAAF itself would have to pay. They were saying to us: ‘Look, you have got to match that offer.’ We had the room within our budget. It was something we had up our sleeve. We were wondering whether to play that card. We decided to play it, we won and we are told that was a decisive swing factor. I look back at it now and I think: ‘Did I have to make that money available? Have I had to spend $7.2m?’ But if I was up against a bid that in any way, shape or form wasn’t straight, then really I should have that money back, so I welcome any investigation into all the bidding processes because I would love to believe it was a level playing field. I hope it was for the sake of the IAAF and for athletics but, if it wasn’t, then there needs to be some recompense.”
Writer analyzes Doha's consistent (possibly corrupt) use of money/financial incentives in its quest to host events including the World Cup, World Champs and Olympic Games.
One alleged email from Diack read, “Attached is also the bank account details for the transfer to be done of US$4.500.000 as agreed; the balance of US$440,000 is to stay in Doha cash as I will collect it there when I came next.”