Lord Coe hails Birmingham

By on 19/08/2009 in News

Sporting legend and Olympic supremo Lord Coe has applauded Birmingham's 2012 efforts, insisting: “This is a UK-wide event and Birmingham is clearly determined to play a big part in the Games.”

Following high level talks in Berlin ahead of the World Athletics Championships, Jamaica have agreed to use Birmingham as a training base ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.

And, with USA Track and Field set to sign a deal to be based in the city, Lord Coe, Chairman of the London Organising Committee (LOCOG), believes Birmingham is making the most of its 2012 opportunities.

He said: “For me it's a very clear philosophy. I went to Singapore four years ago to bid for the right for Great Britain to host the Olympic Games.

“These Games will be based in London but I see the impact going way, way beyond the capital. This is a UK-wide event and that's why it's vital that cities like Birmingham play their part.”

Double Olympic Champion and 12-time world record holder Lord Coe continued: “Birmingham has held more World and European championships than any other city in the UK and that reservoir of experience is widely recognised.

“The city has a great ability to reach out to the sporting community and has shown it can consistently deliver.

“The fact that the Leader of the Council (Mike Whitby) travelled to Berlin ahead of the World Championships to tie up the Jamaica deal is testament to the fact that the city aims to make the most of 2012 and the determination comes from the very top. That is exactly what I want to see from cities up and down the UK.”

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