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Dina Asher-Smith implores UK Athletics to retain usage of the London Stadium

Dina Asher-Smith has called for UK Athletics to retain their foothold with the London Stadium

Dina Asher-Smith implores UK Athletics to retain usage of the London Stadium… as discussions proceed with governing physique contemplating cashing in £15m for West Ham floor

  • UK Athletics signed a 50-year lease on the London Stadium again in 2013 
  • The stadium, constructed for the London 2012 Olympics, additionally homes West Ham United 
  • It’s understood UKA are in discussions round deal to relinquish their occupancy
  • Yet world champion Dina Asher-Smith has urged UKA to maintain their London base 

Dina Asher-Smith has referred to as for UK Athletics to retain their foothold in the capital amid talks that would see the cash-strapped governing physique promote its proper to use the London Stadium.

It is known UKA are in discussions round a possible deal to relinquish their occupancy of the London 2012 centrepiece for a weekend every July.

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They signed a 50-year lease in 2013 on the floor, which homes West Ham, however with a brand new stadium being inbuilt Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games, fears are rising inside athletics that they may money in for between £10million and £15m and swap away from London.

Dina Asher-Smith has referred to as for UK Athletics to retain their foothold with the London Stadium

It's understood UKA are in discussions around deal to relinquish their occupancy of the ground

It’s understood UKA are in discussions round deal to relinquish their occupancy of the floor

Ahead of her season-opener in Doha on Friday, the place she’s going to run the 200m, Britain’s most distinguished athlete Asher-Smith mentioned: ‘We’ve bought a very nice new stadium in Birmingham, which I’ll be lucky sufficient to check out subsequent week (in the Diamond League meet on May 21).

‘I’m very excited for that and really enthusiastic about the Commonwealth Games. But I at all times suppose that London is the centre of sport in the UK and it could be wonderful to have a base and actually use the London Stadium, notably as it’s the Olympic Stadium and it’s the place the Anniversary Games has been.

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‘All the other major sports have their base in London.’

Asher-Smith competed at the London Stadium during the 2017 IAAF World Championships

Asher-Smith competed at the London Stadium throughout the 2017 IAAF World Championships

The 200m world champion additionally confirmed she intends to contest every of the World Championships, Commonwealth Games and European Championships, which fall inside span six weeks of a congested summer season.

She mentioned: ‘For British athletes it’s the busiest season we’ve ever had. We’ve bought the World Championships, then we’ve bought a house Commonwealth Games and per week later we have now the European Championships.

‘I maintain 4 titles throughout them so I’m undoubtedly going to be very busy.’

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