Farah back on track in former Olympic stadium to launch Sainsbury's Anniversary Games
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah has returned to the former Olympic Stadium to launch the SainsburyÂ’s Anniversary Games which will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 24 to 26 July.
The world’s best athletes are set to head to the park for the three-day athletics event including a two-day Diamond League meeting on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 July, with the Sainsbury’s IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final taking place on Sunday 26 July.
Farah said: “It’s fantastic that the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games is planning to return to the former Olympic Stadium this summer and I can’t wait to get back on this track to compete, at what will be a stunning celebration of athletics.
“The atmosphere will be amazing and I’m sure it will bring back the memories of London 2012 and the inaugural Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in 2013.”
Tickets will go on sale at the end of April.
Tara Hewitt, head of sponsorship at Sainsbury’s, said: “Seeing the likes of Mo Farah return to the Olympic Stadium for the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games will be one of this year’s monumental sporting events. Whether you’re a family looking for a fun day out or a sporting enthusiast looking to see elite action, there will be something for everyone.”
Paralympic stars from all over the world are expected to compete on Sunday 26 July at the stadium and the London Aquatics Centre, with many London 2012 Paralympic champions returning to the place where they won gold. The events will be part of National Paralympic Day, a celebration of the Paralympic movement, and will also include the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival.
The stadium is currently closed as work continues to transform it into the new national competition centre for British Athletics in 2016 and the permanent home of West Ham United FC. British Athletics have won the right to host athletics in the stadium for one month every year for the next 50 years from 2016.
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