Imagine if the Athletics World Championships was being held in London. The impression I get from the stadium and atmosphere is that it would be more lively and full of excitement and passion.
Not just the views on the BBC of the stadium, but there was a lack of support along the marathon course including the stadium yesterday morning.
Is it that Russia isn’t that interested in track and field and more so in gymnastics?
Imagine the euphoria that would have hit London if the world championships 2013 were here instead of Moscow. Of course it isn’t and wasn’t a possibility, but I am certain that the city of London and Mayor Boris Johnson would have done a lot of work to put it on the map.
I wonder what Moscow has done to do this?
I haven’t heard anything and would have thought there would have been some work done by the government and the tourism body to make sure that Moscow benefits from the exposure to bring in tourism beyond the championships, and really do a great marketing job.
Move back a couple of weeks to the London Anniversary games which was in effect a Diamond League meet, the Olympic Park and stadium was rammed for the entire weekend, with no spare seats or tickets.
I was fortunate enough to attend on the Friday evening and found it to be very close to the atmosphere created during the London 2012 Olympic Games, pure excitement for everyone. The Olympic and sporting legacy that Lord Seb Coe and others talked about being vital for UK.