William Eichler 21 June 2022

Birmingham City Council bids to host athletics championship

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Birmingham City Council has officially submitted a joint bid with UK Athletics to host Europe’s most prestigious athletics competition.

The city council and UK Athletics has bid to host the European Athletics Championships at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium in 2026.

If the bid is successful, it will be the first time the championships are held in the UK.

UK Athletic’s Cherry Alexander, vice president of European Athletics, said: ‘I’m delighted that we have been able to submit a bid to host this hugely prestigious championships for European Athletics. It has long been a wish of mine and many colleagues to bring the ‘Euros’ to the UK so we can give athletes across the continent an amazing platform upon which to compete and perform.’

Cllr Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, added: ‘We have a first-class record for hosting international sporting events in Birmingham and the positive impact they have for our people and businesses is very clear. They strengthen the city’s identity, attract new visitors, grow our economy and promote Birmingham nationally and internationally as a welcoming, diverse, youthful and inclusive city.

‘That’s why we published a new Major Sporting Events Strategy last year, to ensure we develop a portfolio of future events, which capitalises on the springboard of our hosting of the Commonwealth Games in a way that maximises the benefit for the people of the city as far as possible. Major events motivate local people, encouraging greater participation in sport and culture, helping improve physical and mental health and wellbeing.

‘The redeveloped Alexander Stadium, recent host to the Diamond League and already hailed as the best athletics stadium in the UK, underlines our compelling credentials as a perfect host for European Championships in 2026 – we have excellent facilities, in a city and wider region that loves sport, which also has a bold plan for a sustainable legacy from all events that it stages. We feel the time is right for Birmingham to become the first UK host of these fantastic championships.’

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