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Right To Play announced as charity partner for IAAF World Championships

London 2017 Ltd has named the children’s education charity Right To Play as its charity partner for the IAAF World Championships.

Right To Play uses sport and play to improve the lives of vulnerable children in some of the world’s poorest communities. Already a charity partner to British Athletics, Right To Play inspires athletics fans to give children around the world a sporting chance in life.

“Having supported Right To Play since June last year when they came on board as a partner to UK Athletics, I am delighted to have them as our charity partner for the IAAF World Championships,” said Championship Director Niels de Vos. “These championships give us a fantastic opportunity to shine a light on their work, alongside the world’s best athletes.”

World and European long jump champion Greg Rutherford is a Right To Play Athlete Ambassador. “Right To Play and London 2017 Ltd have teamed up to put children at the heart of the World Championships and to give disadvantaged children around the world a better future, through sport and play,” said Rutherford. “Many of us take playing sport for granted but not all children have the same opportunities in life. Right To Play's approach is unique and effective and I'm proud to be their ambassador.”

“As a charity that has sport and play at its core, Right To Play is a natural partner for the World Championships,” said Nikki Skipper, National Director at Right To Play UK. “The athletes competing here in London are the ultimate symbols of the power sport can have in helping individuals reach their potential. Our approach to education builds children’s confidence and life skills, enabling them to realise their own potential. Whether that is a child from a remote village in Ghana or a refugee in Lebanon, we make a real difference to children’s lives around the world.”

London 2017 Ltd and Right To Play are teaming up to show the positive impact that sport and play can have on young lives, and to raise awareness and funds for Right To Play's work.

The goal is to raise enough money over the course of the championships to reach 100,000 children with Right To Play programmes.

The IAAF World Championships London 2017 will be held from 4-13 August, with 2000 athletes from 200 countries set to compete.

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NOTE: 
Olivier Gers is a member of the Board of Right to Play. Right to Play has been appointed by the LOC as a charitable partner of the IAAF World Championships London 2017 independently and without influence from the IAAF.