The London 2017 bid team has announced the ‘Women in World Athletics’ programme – a unique five-year programme that aims to inspire the most promising young women from the world of athletics to progress in leadership roles such as technical officials. ??

The Women in World Athletics programme, which would commence in May 2012 with a funding commitment of over $400,000 from the London 2017 LOC, will identify 50 of the most promising female technical officials and young leaders from across the athletics world in partnership with the IAAF and its Member Federations.

15 of these participants will be subsequently selected to officiate and volunteer at the 2017 World Athletics Championships, should London be successful in its bid.