UK Athletics denounces ‘unacceptable’ proposals to move Anniversary Games from London Stadium to more than £ 3million … with bosses adamant it would be a ‘parody’ if athletes see each other refuse an expulsion before the Olympics
- UK Athletics slammed plans to relocate this summer’s Anniversary Games
- London stadium bosses have offered to cover the event’s travel costs
- They say it will cost £ 3million to convert West Ham stadium for the Games
- UKA says it would be a travesty for athletes to be denied Olympic start
UK Athletics have engaged in a showdown with London Stadium bosses over ‘unacceptable’ proposals to relocate this summer’s Anniversary Games.
The London Legacy Development Authority has offered to cover the costs of moving the July 13 event elsewhere to avoid a potential £ 3million black hole.
That’s roughly the cost of converting West Ham Stadium from its football setup to athletics, with 20,000 spectators slated for the competition.
UK Athletics slammed proposals to move the Anniversary Games away from the London stadium
The Games are due to take place on July 13 before this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo
Usually the impact of this sum is mitigated by hosting other events, including concerts, but pandemic restrictions mean the Anniversary Games are the only non-football related reservation between current seasons. and forthcoming from West Ham.
An LLDC spokesperson said: ‘For the stadium, and ultimately the taxpayer, to face costs of around £ 3million to prepare for a single night of athletics rather than the summer calendar full seems disproportionate in these extraordinary times.
“We have contacted the UKA to discuss alternative options for this summer’s event, including an offer to cover the cost of moving the event to another location. We believe this is a sensitive way forward for all parties involved in the circumstances. ”
London stadium bosses say it will cost £ 3million to convert West Ham stadium
A UKA spokesperson said: ‘It would be an unacceptable violation of a long-standing agreement which is an important part of the 2012 Olympic legacy plans.
“We hope that the contract will be honored and that the event will take place at the Olympic Stadium, along with the athletes, broadcasters, sponsors and, above all, the fans.
“This is not only a key part of preparing our Olympic and Paralympic athletes in Tokyo, but also an opportunity for fans and young athletes from the local community to return to one of the most iconic sporting venues in the world. world sport.
“ It would be a travesty for the sport after such a long wait for the return of world-class athletics to the Olympic stadium if our athletes and fans are denied a crucial shipment to Tokyo. ”