UK Athletics is planning to bid for the 2022 European Athletics Championships and that once again throws into question who has priority at the London Stadium.
The body is planning to use the E20 behemoth and West Ham’s rented home as it’s centrepiece for the bid as their chief Niel de Vos revealed at the Sports Industry Breakfast on Wednesday to take advantage of a clause in the Hammers contract.
The clause allows UK Athletics to host a major athletics tournament every five years and de Vos revealed that it will “probably” be used for the 2022 European Championships, according to the Daily Mail.
Owing to the World Cup being held in Qatar in 2022 and that season expected to star early to fit in the showpiece tournament in the December of 2022, the athletics is highly likely to clash with the football once again.
The Hammers have had to play the first three games of this season away from the London Stadium as the World Athletics Championships were being hosted in Stratford and it needs at least a fortnight to return the stadium to football mode from athletics.