Sheffield hopes to steel the games.
SHEFFIELD were due to discover today whether the city is to host the 2005 World Athletics Championships.
Senior Government figures were due to meet Lamine Diack, the all-powerful head of the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF IAAF
International Amateur Athletic Federation ), to try to persuade him to accept Sheffield as an alternative.
It follows the decision last night to scrap plans to hold the Championships at Picketts Lock Picketts Lock is located in Edmonton, London near Enfield. It was the proposed site of the aborted London High Performance Centre.
Picketts Lock (Lock) Background in north-east London on the grounds of cost - a total of pounds 220m would have been needed - and the timescale timescale
the period of time within which events occur or are due to occur
timescale n → délais mpl
timescale time (Brit) n involved.
Today's meeting in London involves IAAF president Diack, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, Sports Minister Richard Caborn Richard George Caborn, PC (born 6 October 1943) is a British politician. He has been the Labour Member of Parliament for Sheffield Central since June 1983. Until June 28 2007 he was the Minister of Sport with the rank of Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Media and , UK Athletics chief executive David Moorcroft and Government troubleshooter Patrick Carter.
IAAF spokesman Claudio Reineri held out little hope for Sheffield's chances, saying:
"I don't think London can be replaced automatically with another city in Great Britain."