UK out to host top events

  • Last Updated: November 14 2012, 12:04 GMT

UK Sport have announced a campaign to bring 36 World and European championships to Britain.

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The Gold Series Event will use £27m of Lottery money over the next six years to attract top sporting events to the country.

The campaign aims to bring more than 70 sporting events in total to the UK, including the 36 world and European championships.

Liz Nicholl, UK Sport chief executive, said: "In developing the Gold Event Series, UK Sport is building on the success of London 2012 and supporting the UK's on-going legacy goals.

"The continued hosting of world class events supports our athletes' performance ambitions, provides a unique platform to inspire participation, and allows sport to contribute towards the economic growth agenda."

Meanwhile Mayor of London Boris Johnson has submitted a formal bid to bring the 2017 Paralympic Athletics World Championships to London.

Following the huge success of the 2012 Paralympic Games, the Mayor opened discussions with the International Paralympic Committee, UK Athletics and UK Sport about a bid for London to host the championships in the Olympic Stadium in July 2017, just a month before it is due to stage the World Athletics Championships.

If successful, London would become the first city to host the two championships side by side, recreating the summer of sport which transformed the capital this year.

The formal bid, submitted to the IPC on Wednesday, aims to help build on the enthusiasm generated by the 2012 Paralympic Games to create a lasting sporting legacy, drive participation in disability sport, and secure the iconic Olympic Stadium's position as one of the world's leading venues for major competitions.

The bid submitted by the Mayor includes a commitment to deploy Team London Ambassador volunteers at the championships, following their overwhelming popularity and success in welcoming the world to the capital this summer.

Johnson, who is also chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said: "The huge appetite for tickets to the 2012 Games this summer shows the level of excitement Paralympic sport can generate, and forever changed the way we think about disabled sport.

"The 2017 IPC World Championships present a fantastic opportunity for us to build on that phenomenal surge of enthusiasm, and welcome back some of the world's greatest sportsmen and women to the Olympic Stadium.

"Securing the championships would not only reinforce London's reputation as the world's leading sporting city, it would bring a vital multi-million pound boost to the capital's economy, creating jobs and driving growth in east London."

UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner said: "This summer's Paralympic Games demonstrated the huge appeal of elite disability athletics for the British public as well as London's ability to host the world's biggest sporting events to the most exacting standards.

"I'm delighted that the city has decided to build on the success of the Paralympics by bidding to host the IPC's flagship athletics event in the Olympic Stadium in 2017 and believe that, if successful, London would establish a new standard for the IPC World Athletics Championships against which all future editions would be measured."


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