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Olympic stadium could host World Athletics, says Coe

2012 Olympic Stadium on 23 November, 2009
The 2012 Olympic Stadium continues to takes shape in east London

Lord Coe has hinted that UK Athletics may use London's 2012 Olympic stadium as its centre-piece for a bid to host the 2015 world athletics championships.

The venue is one of four vying to stage a match in London should England's 2018 football World Cup bid be successful.

Even if the arena is used for football, Coe has always insisted that it will remain the home for British Athletics.

"It's not inconceivable that UK Athletics might look at 2015 and think it's an opportunity," he said

Daegu in South Korea and Moscow are hosting the 2011 and 2013 championships respectively, while Beijing has expressed an interest in hosting in 2015.

Coe, who is chairman of the London Organising Committee, added: "We have talked about the decade of sport (in Britain) and there is an athletics world championships up for grabs.

2010: Ryder Cup, Celtic Manor
2011: Champions League final, Wembley
2012: Olympic Games, London
2013: Rugby League World Cup
2014: Ryder Cup, Gleneagles; Commonwealth Games, Glasgow
2015: Rugby World Cup
2019: Cricket World Cup

2018 Football World Cup

"England are also hosting the Rugby Union World Cup in 2015 and there is the potential for a football World Cup in 2018.

"These are all things the Olympic Park Legacy Company will be factoring in."

If England is chosen to host the 2018 football World Cup, plans to reduce the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium to a capacity of 25,000 after the Games, would have to be scrapped.

However, Coe reiterated that while the Olympic Park Legacy Company would have the final say, the stadium would always have a running track.

"There is no lack of clarity," he said. "This is a stadium that has been designed for the primary purpose of track and field but not uniquely.

"The flexibility is there and it's for the Olympic Park Legacy Company to decide effectively what the business case is for leaving it at any size.

"But what we do know is the commitment to leave a track and field facility within that stadium is rock solid, no one is moving a millimetre off that."

see also
Wembley Arena to host 2012 events
26 May 10 |  Olympics
Cities make case for 2018 Cup bid
26 Nov 09 |  Internationals
Cricket focus for Olympic stadium
21 Oct 09 |  England
Tory's football plan for stadium
11 Sep 09 |  London
World Cup bid eyes Olympic venue
04 Sep 09 |  Internationals
Minister makes 2012 stadium vow
09 Jul 09 |  Olympics
FA asked to consider 2012 stadium
26 Jun 09 |  Olympics
Coe joins 2018 World Cup bid team
18 Feb 09 |  Football
Academy option for 2012 stadium
15 Jan 09 |  Olympics
IOC reopens 2012 stadium debate
30 Oct 08 |  Olympics
Hearn casts doubt on 2012 stadium
15 Sep 08 |  Leyton Orient
Hammers' Olympic move ruled out
07 Feb 07 |  West Ham
Spurs Olympic Stadium plan dashed
20 Oct 05 |  Olympics 2012

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