Hammers delighted by 2017 choice

West Ham United are delighted by the announcement to name the Olympic Stadium as the host for the 2017 Paralympic World Championships.

The east London club were recently named as the Highest-Ranked Bidder in the process to find an anchor concessionaire for the iconic Stratford venue and would be playing football at the stadium by the time the event begins.

The club have always maintained that the stadium must have a multi-sports capability post-2012 and are excited about east London being given the chance to host another world-renowned event.

West Ham United Vice-Chairman Karren Brady said: "I am absolutely thrilled that the Olympic Stadium has been chosen to host the 2017 Paralympic World Championships. With the 2017 World Athletics Championships taking place just a month later, it means the people of East London can look forward to another spectacular summer of sport.

"This is exactly the kind of lasting sporting legacy that has been part of our vision since we first signalled our ambition to move to Stratford. Having a regular, high-profile and well-supported tenant like West Ham using the stadium during the winter months guarantees it will be available for the people of east London to enjoy during the summer.

"Our proposal means tens of thousands of sports fans can enjoy the stadium all-year round, without a drain on the public purse."