FRESH TARGET: Mayor of London, Boris Johnson
THE MAYOR of London Boris Johnson has submitted a formal bid to bring the 2017 Paralympic Athletics World Championships to London, which would see the world’s greatest Paralympians return to the Olympic Stadium and provide a major economic boost for the capital.
Following the huge success of the 2012 Paralympic Games, the Mayor opened discussions with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), 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 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.
Mayor Johnson 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.”