World Athletics Championship

MQT on 2001-10-17
Session date: 
October 17, 2001
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What can we do to bring the IAAF championships to Crystal Palace?



Answer for World Athletics Championship

Answer for World Athletics Championship

Answered By: 
The Mayor

During the period of the Carter review, the London Development Agency has devoted resources not only to looking at the Picketts Lock site, but also at a site in east London and at Crystal Palace.

Whilst I fully supported the Picketts Lock proposals, it always seemed to me that Crystal Palace was a natural alternative. The LDA has undertaken considerable work with the London Borough of Bromley and others and has concluded that Crystal Palace would indeed be a good alternative to Picketts Lock.

We have been informed by UK Athletics and others including Carter that the transport access to Crystal Palace was inadequate. We offered to put special measures in place but we have been told that for this reason, doubts about accommodation for athletes and other unspecified factors the Government did not regard Crystal Palace as a practical option. Given the history of this matter I suspect it is unlikely that we can convince either the Government or the IAAF that Crystal Palace can be delivered as a venue for the Championships in 2005. I have, however, made it clear to the Government that I am happy to support and co-operate fully with any renewed efforts to find a London venue to host the World Athletic Championships in 2007. Crystal Palace would clearly be one of the options for such a venue. I have asked the LDA to review whether there is more we could do to promote and assist with this way forward. .