UK Sport identifies 2030 World Cup as the ‘crowning achievement’ among list of high-profile events in their sights
- The 2030 World Cup is the main event UK Sport want to host in the next decade
- The body has identified a list of major sporting events that they hope to host
- A bid for another Rugby World Cup in the next 15 years is also in their sights
- The starts to cycling’s three Grand Tour races are also all on their radar
The 2030 World Cup has been identified as the ‘crowning achievement’ on a list of major events UK Sport hope to stage over the next decade or so.
For the first time, UK Sport bosses have published their targets, with FIFA’s showpiece and the starts to cycling’s three Grand Tours on their radar.
UK Sport say the events, which also include a bid for another Rugby World Cup in the next 15 years, would attract more than 15million spectators and boost the economy by almost £2billion.
The 2030 World Cup is among a list of major events UK Sport hope to stage in the next decade
Chief executive Simon Morton said: ‘The biggest target on this list is the World Cup. If we bid for that, landing that event would be the crowning achievement, almost irrespective of everything else. You have the Grand Tours. I’d love to see the world athletics championships coming back. That event is undervalued. It is truly global and good value for money.’
UK Sport are working with the FA on a feasibility study and Morton said: ‘We all remember 2018 (England losing out to Russia), so that’s why it’s important the FA are cautious about this.’
The Rugby World Cup and the starts to cycling’s three Grand Tours are also on their radar
The Big Air World Cup is also on the list and UK Sport did not rule out the possibility of a snowboarding event in central London with the use of artificial snow.
Wales have already expressed an interest in hosting the start of the Giro d’Italia, and it is thought Yorkshire are close to agreeing a deal for the start of the Vuelta in either 2022 or 2023 and the start of the Tour de France in 2024.
British Cycling are also looking to host the first combined world cycling championships in 2023.