01/26/2016 09:24 EST | Updated 01/26/2017 00:12 EST

UK official: IAAF ethics body looking at '17, '19 worlds

LONDON — The head of Britain's track and field federation says he has been told by the IAAF that the bidding for the 2017 and 2019 world championships have been referred to the world track governing body's ethics commission.

UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner made the revelation Tuesday while appearing at a British parliamentary committee.

The 2017 championships were awarded to London, which defeated a rival bid from Doha, Qatar. Doha won the 2019 worlds.

Qatar has denied any wrongdoing in its bids for either championship.

Warner alleged recently that "brown envelopes" were handed to members of the IAAF council ahead of the vote in 2011 for the 2017 worlds.

Rob Harris, The Associated Press