Liverpool & Birmingham should use London Stadium for Commonwealths - UK Athletics chief

From BBC - August 13, 2017

Liverpool and Birmingham should ask to use London Stadium for athletics as part of their 2022 Commonwealth Games bids, says outgoing UK Athletics chief Ed Warner.

The cities are bidding for the Games after Durban was stripped of the event.

Warner says it is more cost effective to use the stadium, which hosted the 2012 Olympics and 2017 World Athletics and Para-athletics Championships.

"The first one to make the call has the knockout bid," he said.

Liverpool's plan will see a temporary athletics track put into Everton's proposed new stadium, while Birmingham is planning on refurbishing Alexander Stadium, the home of the national championships.

"If I was leader of the Liverpool or Birmingham bid I would be ringing [London Mayor] Sadiq Khan and say 'you know what, can we have the athletics in London and we will do everything else?" Warner told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek.


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