UK Athletics set to host anniversary games away from London Stadium in July to save £ 3million in taxpayer dollars by reconfiguring the pitch – with sports body set to accept payment of £ 1 , £ 5million to move the Diamond League event to possibly Gateshead or Manchester
- Anniversary Games are due to take place at London Stadium on July 13
- However, they are ready to move due to the cost of ground reconfiguration.
- The London Legacy Development Corporation said it would cost £ 3million to convert West Ham football stadium into a purpose-built athletics venue
- Gateshead and Manchester are ready to step up and host the event this year
UK Athletics is in advanced talks to relocate the Anniversary Games from the London Stadium this summer.
The governing body was locked in a row over the event with the venue’s owners, the London Legacy Development Corporation, which spoke out earlier this month that they did not want to spend £ 3million sterling of taxpayer money to reconfigure the stadium for the one-day meet on July 13.
In response, the UKA had threatened legal action for breach of contract, but they are now set to agree to a payment over £ 1.5million to host the Diamond League event elsewhere, with Gateshead and Manchester as possible destinations.
British athletics are unlikely to host the Anniversary Games at London Stadium on July 13
The Games are due to take place on July 13 before this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo
While sources say nothing has been finalized, Sports messaging Understands that the agreement could be signed as early as Friday, and influential athletics figures are already privately questioning the wisdom of allowing the sport to temporarily abandon its anchorage in the capital less than 10 years after the Olympic Games in London 2012.
LLDC’s reluctance to host this year’s Anniversary Games stems from the lack of other summer bookings. Usually the financial impact is mitigated by hosting other events, including concerts, but the pandemic restrictions mean that the Anniversary Games are the only non-football-related obligation between current seasons and beyond. come from West Ham. A spokesperson for the PDSL said negotiations were “underway”.
Gateshead has already agreed to step in to host a Diamond League meeting on May 23, after Rabat, Morocco, was canceled due to the pandemic. Dina Asher-Smith was confirmed as a title on Thursday in a strong 100m field including Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson Herah.
London Legacy Development Corporation says it will cost £ 3million to convert West Ham stadium