Athletics chiefs are ready to push for the World Championships to return to London in 2027.
The capital hosted the world’s best athletes at the London Stadium in August and the IAAF believe there is a case for a repeat here in 2027 or 2029.
It follows a leaked report that listed the championships as one of the major events UK Sport want Britain to stage in the next decade. UK Sport’s other targets include the city hosting the Tour de France’s Grand Depart in 2021 and Wembley staging the Champions League Final in 2023.
An IAAF spokesperson said: “It’s not too soon to go back to London. Everybody in this sport was blown away by the fans in London.
“People over the world can organise great events but the difference is the fans and everyone within this sport agreed the London crowds were great. Our sport has to go to places where people go and watch it.
In 2027 or 2029, it would be a natural progression to go back to Europe. There’s Birmingham or Glasgow or London. London should definitely have another go. The entire athletics movement were just in awe of London.”
Mayor Sadiq Khan turned down the prospect of London bidding for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will be in Birmingham, but is thought to be receptive to the idea of the world’s best athletes returning here in 10 years’ time.
Khan has also held talks with Tour de France bosses to repair the damage done by his predecessor Boris Johnson, who rejected the chance to host the Tour start in 2017 because “it was not worth it”.
Tour boss Christian Prudhomme has previously told Standard Sport he is keen for the event to return to the capital after its previous foray there in 2007 and the success of the race in Yorkshire back in 2014.