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London has been awarded the 2016 Track Cycling World Championships with the prestigious event set to be staged at the iconic velodrome on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.
The velodrome was built for the London 2012 Olympic Games and it proved to be a fantastic venue for the hosts as Britain won nine Olympic medals and 16 Paralympic medals in it.
The competition was awarded to London by the International Cycling Union (UCI) management committee in Florence, Italy with the event set to take place from February 24 - 28 in just under three years’ time.
"This is another great coup for British sport and a real legacy from London 2012,” said Britain’s Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson.
"The capital’s velodrome is a stunning, world-leading venue and I am sure the 2016 Track World Championships will have capacity crowds supporting our best cyclists ahead of the Rio 2016 Games.”
The 2016 Track Cycling World Championships form part of UK Sport’s Gold Event Series, which aims to bring 70 world class events to this country by 2019, including 36 World and European Championships.
This Gold Event Series aims to support British athletes’ preparation and qualification for Rio 2016, while generating approximately £287 million of additional expenditure in host cities and regions and bringing over 250,000 overseas visitors to the UK.
"This is absolutely fantastic news for London, marking the arrival of yet another thrilling world class sporting fixture to our city,” said Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
"These prestigious championships will be centred around our stunning Olympic velodrome, a remarkable venue that saw such awe-inspiring performances from British cyclists last summer.
"Interest in cycling is rocketing in this city and I’ve no doubt London’s 2016 Track World Championships help will propel this even further.”
The process to bring the event to London has involved a partnership between British Cycling, UK Sport, London Legacy Development Corporation, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, London & Partners and the Mayor of London.