Khan revealed that he will appoint a committee of experts from the world of sports, the public sector and the business sector to analyze whether a new bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be submitted after the success of the 2012 edition.
If the initiative succeeds, London would become the first city to host the Summer Games four times, having also been the venue for the event in 1908 and 1948.
“The good news is that the International Olympic Committee has already confirmed that 2036 or 2040 will not be premature to return to competition,” he commented.
In the government’s view, a potential London nomination could win by proposing “the most sustainable games ever celebrated, both environmentally and financially”, in which the infrastructure created for 2012 would be used.
The incumbent mayor said that when the facilities have to be built or upgraded, the “carbon footprint” will be minimized and the cost will be “probably the lowest cost ever recorded,” which would serve as an example for other cities.
Despite partisan tensions, Khan, who in 2016 became London’s first Muslim mayor, is confident that the government of Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson will support an eventual candidacy.
“Johnson was the mayor in 2012 and knows the tremendous impact the Games can have on the city,” he said, noting that the nomination nine years ago attracted nearly £ 10 billion in investment to the UK.
“I hope the government is on our side. It would not be reasonable to not want the benefits of the Olympic Games in London in 2036 or 2040,” said Khan, 50, who started as a favorite in the polls to vote. In the mayoral race.
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