Olympics-Khan looks to bring back Olympics to London if re-elected as mayor


FILE PHOTO: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan walks by the National Covid Memorial wall beside St Thomas' hospital set as a memorial to all those who have died so far in the UK from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), amid the coronavirus pandemic in London, Britain April 8, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

(Reuters) - Sadiq Khan has said he will look to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games back to London within 20 years if he is re-elected as the London mayor on Thursday.

The Labour candidate said he will work with "leading figures from sport, government, business and communities" to set up a committee into a London bid for the 2036 or 2040 Games, as part of his campaign.

The 2012 Olympic Games were centred around the Olympic Park in East London.

"Exploring a bid for the 2036 or 2040 Olympic and Paralympic Games is the ultimate demonstration of my plan to build a brighter future for London after the pandemic," Khan said ahead of a visit to Earlsfield Amateur Boxing Club in Wandsworth.

"By ensuring the Games are staged across the UK, and visitors encouraged and supported to explore every corner of our country, London 2036 or 2040 could be a huge boost to levelling up our cities and regions."

Khan has been the London mayor since 2016.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Michael Perry)

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