The first impacts of the London Olympic ‘Legacy’ have been announced, with plans afoot to bring numerous large-scale events to the capital, msn.com reports.
The success of this summer’s Games prompted organisers to consider implementing a legacy to ensure the positive effects can be continued to be felt years into the future.
Now, the first stage of this legacy has been announced, with sites across London tendering bids for upcoming sporting events such as the Paralympic Athletes World Championship, Track Cycling World Cup, World Triathlon Series and the World Figure Skating Championships.
These are just some of the 70 high-profile events the organising committee is targeting as part of the so-called ‘Gold Event Series’. Funding is expected to be provided by the National Lottery, which will dedicate millions of pounds to the cause.
If successful, the scheme may not just attract sportspeople from around the world but also businesses as well, establishing London as a premier city and enticing countless businesses to its dedicated event venues.
Speaking to bbc.co.uk of the scheme, UK Sport chief executive, Liz Nicholl, explained: “In developing the Gold Event Series, UK Sport is building on the success of London 2012 and supporting the UK’s ongoing 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.”