Britain could bid to host both the IAAF World Championships and the European Athletics Championships in the next 15 years, UK Sport has announced.

The high performance sports agency has released a list of “international event hosting aspirations and opportunities” which also includes the 2030 FIFA World Cup and all three cycling Grand Tours.

According to UK Sport, the events have the potential to attract over 15 million spectators and generate an economic impact of almost £2 billion to local communities.

“The UK has consistently shown that we are a world-leading host of major sporting events,” said Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

“They enhance the country’s reputation internationally, increase the profile of sport at home and bring a significant boost to the economy.

“UK Sport’s targets demonstrate our continued ambition to bring the best global sport events to the country and remain a trusted partner of the sporting world.”

According to the Daily Mail, there is “interest and government backing” for the European Championships to be staged in London in 2026 and the World Championships to also take place in the UK the following year.

Britain has never hosted the outdoor European Championships but staged a highly successful edition of the World Championships in the UK capital last year.

The next edition of the European Indoor Championships is heading to Glasgow next March, while a revamped Alexander Stadium in Birmingham will be the venue for track and field action at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“With passionate spectators, a fantastic portfolio of international sporting venues and the drive to keep improving and innovating, the UK offers the complete package,” said UK Sport Chair, Dame Katherine Grainger.

“We want to maintain our standing as a world leader in this area and our ambitious event strategy will help us do just that over the coming decades.”

Source: AW