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London May Get 50,000-Seat Stadium

March 30, 2000

LONDON (AP) _ A proposal to build a 50,000-seat stadium is expected to land London the 2005 World Track and Field Championships and serve as a catalyst for a 2012 Olympics bid.

London will outline its plans to the International Amateur Athletic Federation on Monday in Paris, with the world governing body expected to award the 2005 championships on the same day to the British capital.

Berlin and Perth, Australia, also are interested in hosting the event but have missed the application deadline.

``London will be the only bidding city, and if the (IAAF) council likes the bid they are likely to award it right there,″ IAAF spokesman Giorgio Reineri said. ``But we are still five years away and the council might wait to hear from other bids.″

The open-air stadium is proposed for a 125-acre site 10 miles northeast of central London. Officials said the stadium could be expanded to 80,000 seats if the government and British Olympic Association decide to pursue the 2012 Olympics.

``This event could be a major trigger for the Olympic movement,″ David Moorcroft, chief executive of UK Athletics, said Thursday.

The IAAF is expected to award the 2003 World Championships next week to Paris. The 2001 worlds will be in Edmonton.

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