Khan targets 2036 or 2040 Olympic and Paralympic bid
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said he will explore a bid for the 2036 or 2040 Olympic and Paralympic Games should he be re-elected on Thursday (6 May). Khan is seeking a second term as London Mayor, with recent polls suggesting the Labour Party politician is the clear favourite to win the election. He said hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games could create "thousands of new jobs, boost tourism and solidify London as the sporting capital of the world".
Khan said leading figures would form part of an exploratory committee and claimed the Games could be the most sustainable edition to date, utilising existing venues from London 2012. "Exploring a bid for the 2036 or 2040 Olympic and Paralympic Games is the ultimate demonstration of my plan to build a brighter future for London after the pandemic," Khan said, according to the Evening Standard. "Not only would future London Olympics bring the world’s finest sportsmen and women to London, it would help fast track much needed green infrastructure projects such as Crossrail 2 and the Bakerloo Line extension, bringing with them long term jobs and investment. (Agencies)