London would consider Commonwealth Games bid, says Olympic legacy adviser

PUBLISHED: 08:57 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:03 19 March 2013

An aerial view of the Olympic Park. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA

An aerial view of the Olympic Park. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA

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London may bid to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games, it was suggested yesterday.

"It is something that is certainly in our minds at the moment"

Mayor’s Olympic legacy adviser Neale Coleman

Following the successful London 2012 Games, and given our top facilities such as the Olympic Stadium, “it is something that is certainly in our minds at the moment”, said Neale Coleman, the London Mayor’s adviser on Olympic legacy.

He told ITV News: “We have great potential to use the stadium and the facilities there and to bid in the future for big sporting events.

“One possibility certainly is that we haven’t had a Commonwealth Games in London for a very, very long time.

“It is a fantastic event it brings people together in a unique way. We do have the facilities there that would make a bid possible.

“It is something that is certainly in our minds at the moment.”

He also noted any bid would need “broad support” from the Government.

England last staged the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002.

A series of key events on the sporting calendar are now heading towards Britain including the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and England’s Rugby World Cup in 2015.

There is also the World Athletics Championships and the the Paralympic Athletics World Championships which will be held at London’s Olympic Stadium in 2017.

Mr Coleman said: “We have got a fantastic series of events building on that Olympic legacy of sporting events.

“We think that the Commonwealth Games could play a further role in developing that over the next decade.”

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