LONDON: Seeking to capitalize on the success of the London Olympics, Britain is bidding to bring 36 world and European championships to the UK in the next few years.
National governing body UK Sport is using 26 million pounds ($43 million) of lottery money over the next six years as part of its “Gold Event Series” campaign to attract top international events to the country.
UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl says the program “is building on the success of London 2012 and supporting the UK’s on-going legacy goals.”
London Mayor Boris Johnson submitted a bid Wednesday to host the 2017 Paralympic Athletics World Championships in the Olympic Stadium. The event would be held in July 2017, a month before the stadium hosts the world track and field championships.
Johnson says “the huge appetite for tickets to the 2012 Games this summer shows the level of excitement Paralympic sport can generate.”