London preparing bid to host ‘greenest ever’ Olympics and Paralympics, says Mayor Sadiq Khan | Olympic News


London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said he wants London to host the “greenest Games ever”. The earliest London would be able to bid for an Olympics is 2036, with the IOC traditionally awarding the Games seven years in advance.

Last update: 07/22/22 1:32 p.m.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan reveals plans to bring Olympics back to London and support for England in Euros

London Mayor Sadiq Khan reveals plans to bring Olympics back to London and support for England in Euros

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said his office was actively working on plans to bring the Olympics and Paralympics back to London.

khan said Sky Sports News he wanted to show the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the world that a mega sporting event could be staged with green credentials, with the basis of any bid centered on reusing many of the venues used during the London 2012 Games.

Plans are still in their infancy and any bid would require government and British Olympic Association support.

“We’re working on a plan to bring the Olympics back to London, and I’ll tell you why,” Khan said. “We have seen in recent days the consequences of climate change in relation to heat waves, in relation to grass fires.

“What we need is to make sure future games are green and what we’re doing is working on a plan to have the greenest games ever.

“The great thing about London is that you don’t spend carbon on building new stadiums, new places to cycle, new places to swim, because we have all the kit. And so watch this space.”

The first London could bid for a Games would be 2036, with Paris already set to host the next Olympics in 2024, followed by Los Angeles in 2028 and Australia and Brisbane all but confirmed for 2032.

The IOC traditionally awards Games to a host city seven years in advance, although it has changed the process following criticism over the huge sums spent on bids, including Russia’s bid for the Winter Olympics of 2014.

The IOC has also urged potential bidders to submit better environmental plans for all future Games.

“The next three games are linked to Paris, Los Angeles and the next one is probably Australia, so we have some time,” Khan added.

“There is no pressure from the IOC, the main thing is to make sure we have all the basics in place.

“By the way, we would break a record, the first city to have four Games, which is exciting. Wouldn’t that be great?

“It’s still early days, and the big thing to take away is the power of sport. It’s over party politics, it’s over north versus south, it’s not a question of skin color.”




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