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Athletics: London considers Commonwealth bid

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London will consider a bid to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games after successfully hosting the Olympics last year.

With the London 2012 Games regarded as a big hit among fans and athletes alike, Neale Coleman, the London Mayor's adviser on Olympic legacy, revealed on Monday that an attempt to bring the Commonwealth event to the English capital could be on the cards.

Asked about the need to make full use of the Olympic Stadium in east London by hosting more top-class athletics, Coleman told ITV News: "It is something that is certainly in our minds at the moment.

"We have great potential to use the stadium and the facilities there and to bid in the future for big sporting events.

"One possibility certainly is that we haven't had a Commonwealth Games in London for a very, very long time.

"It is a fantastic event, it brings people together in a unique way. We do have the facilities there that would make a bid possible.

"It is something that is certainly in our minds at the moment."

England last staged the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002.

A series of key events on the sporting calendar are now heading towards Britain, including the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and England's Rugby World Cup in 2015.

There is also the World Athletics Championships and the Paralympic Athletics World Championships which will be held at London's Olympic Stadium in 2017.

"We have got a fantastic series of events building on that Olympic legacy of sporting events," Coleman added.

"We think that the Commonwealth Games could play a further role in developing that over the next decade."

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