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Athletics to return to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on anniversary of London 2012 Opening Ceremony
Updated 11:55am Thursday 24th January 2013 in Sport
Athletics fans will be given the chance to relive the glory of the Olympics when competitive action returns to Queen Elizabeth Park on the anniversary weekend of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.
The London Legacy Development Corporation and British Athletics announced the 2013 British Athletics London Grand Prix will take place at the world-famous venue as part of the prestigious Samsung Diamond League.
Mo Farah, Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion, said: "It's fantastic that the British Athletics London Grand Prix is going to be held at the Olympic Stadium in July.
"The atmosphere was electric during the Games, I'll never forget it, so it's great that the British fans, and athletes, will get to experience that again so soon after the Games.
"It'll be perfect preparation for the World Championships in August."
Jessica Ennis, Olympic Heptathlon champion, said: “It is brilliant to hear that the British Athletics London GP is going to be held at the Olympic Stadium a year after the Games.
"It will give athletes and fans who did not get to experience the amazing venue the chance to go there, and for those of us who had the most incredible experiences on the track and field, an opportunity to re-live a few memories!
"Hopefully I will be there and using the competition as part of my preparation for the World Championships.”
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London and Chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation said: "What better way to mark the anniversary of the tremendous London 2012 Opening Ceremony than to see this Stadium packed again as the world’s top athletes compete in this unique series.
"After last summer's amazing Games we can now see the Stadium's legacy emerging as a top venue for both international sport and entertainment.
"I am ever confident that in the coming years we can look forward to seeing Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park staging a wide range of major events with their organisers and audiences drawn by its perfect location and unrivalled facilities."