UK Sport targets nearly 50 events over eight years in hosting plan
The UK is planning a new round of bids to host major sporting events, including the Uefa Champions League final in 2023, stages of the Tour de France in 2021 and the World Athletics Championships in 2027 or 2029, according to confidential UK Sport documents obtained by the BBC.
UK Sport, the national sports administration and funding body, said in the documents that these are among a range of “hosting targets” and a “strategic priority,” adding that it is “actively considering the feasibility of mega events in a number of other sports.”
The hosting targets are reported to include nearly 50 major events in 19 sports over the next eight years.
UK Sport said that it is investing almost £30 million ($39 million) over the period “to maintain the country’s position as a world-leading host of major sporting events.” London’s Wembley Stadium hosted the Champions League final in 2011 and 2013, and will stage the semi-finals and final of soccer’s Euro 2020 European Championships.
Major sports events staged in the UK since the London 2012 Olympics include the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the start of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire, the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and the World Athletics Championships and women's Cricket World Cup earlier this summer.
Forthcoming events are set to include the 2022 Commonwealth Games, for which Birmingham is the favourite in the bidding race, plus the 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup, the 2018 Boccia World Championships, the 2019 Netball World Cup, the 2019 World Road Cycling Championships, the 2019 Men’s Cricket World Cup, golf’s 2019 Solheim Cup, and the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
UK Sport’s 2017-2025 hosting programme is projected to attract 7.2 million spectators and to have an economic impact of more than £440 million.
Tracey Crouch, the UK’s minister for sport, said: “The UK has an incredible track record of hosting some of the biggest events in sport that help showcase the best of Britain to the world, make a significant contribution to the economy and encourage people to get involved in sport as volunteers and participants.
“We want to keep up our standing as a world leader in this area and UK Sport's ambitious events strategy over the next eight years will help us do just that.”