London’s Olympic legacy looks set to continue for many years to come, as the city has now been chosen to host the cycling 2016 Track World Championships, uksport.gov.uk reports.
The annual event, which has not been hosted in London since 1904, will see the Olympic Velodrome welcome thousands more athletes from around the world once again.
Britain will also be hoping it can replicate the success of the Olympics, where some nine gold medals were picked up on the track, including that of Chris Hoy in the Keirin, when he became the nation’s most decorated Olympian.
In hosting the event, however, London won’t just be welcoming athletes and sports fans from around the world, but also numerous business travellers. As witnessed during the Olympics, London businesses will also open their doors to showcase everything the city – and Britain as a whole – has to offer.
This could also bring about a rise in booking for function venues in London during the event (between 24 and 28 February), as well as the weeks immediately before and after.
Cycling isn’t the only sport expected to descend on the capital once more in the coming years, however, as UK Sport is still aiming to bring 70 world-class events to Britain by 2019 as part of its ‘Gold Event Series’.
Commenting on the decision, which was made by the International Cycling Union in Florence, Italy, minister for sport, Hugh Robertson, told bbc.co.uk: “This is another great coup for British sport and a real legacy from London 2012.”