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Helsinki Gets '05 World Track Meet

The AP's Matthew Rosenberg reported that Helsinki was picked to stage the '05 World Track and Field Championships, "filling the gap left when London decided against building a new stadium for the event." Helsinki was chosen over Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Moscow and Rome. Helsinki hosted the first world championships in '83, and "argued that it was time for the meet to return there." Also figuring in Helsinki's favor was the "popularity of track in Finland." The '01 World Championships were held in Canada, and many felt "the large number of unsold tickets detracted from the meet" (AP, 4/14).

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