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USA TRACK and Field, the governing body for athletics in the US, have confirmed that their training camp will be based in Birmingham ahead of this sum- mer’s IAAF World Championships in London.
Councillor Ian Ward, deputy leader for Birmingham City Council said: “I am delighted that US- ATF are returning to the city and we look forward to supporting their final preparations ahead of the IAAF World Championships in London.
“At Beijing’s World Championships in 2015, the American team had 130 athletes and won more medals than any other team and we know they will once again be a force to be reckoned with this summer.
“The training camp will provide a valuable economic impact for the city, however what is equally important is that by visiting our city, and making use of our world-class sports facilities, these fantastic athletes will hopefully provide inspiration to young people from across Birmingham and beyond.”
Birmingham City Council will co-ordinate the camp, with staff working with a variety of partners to ensure that all of USA Track and Field’s training and accommodation needs are met. Team USATF athletes may also
take part in community events with clubs and young athletes. More de- tails about these events will be provided soon.
Among the USA team will be 100m hurdler Kendra Harrison, who holds the world record for the discipline with a time of 12.20 seconds.
USATF chief of sport performance, Duffy Mahoney, said: “We are excited to confirm our return to Birmingham ahead of the IAAF World Championships in London.
“We have great memories of our camp in 2012, and know we’ll receive a warm welcome and will be treated well in Birmingham.”
Birmingham successfully hosted training camps for both USA Track and Field and Jamaica back in 2012, ahead of the London Olympic Games, and the University of Birmingham are also in discussions with the Jamaican team about a return visit.