Organisers of the eagerly-awaited Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games have announced that it will take the form of a “street athletics” event.
The show, which promises to be one of the highlights of the sporting summer, is to be held at Horse Guards Parade Ground and the Mall in the centre of London on July 20th.
The event will feature a wide array of different sports, including pole vault, long jump and the shot put, in addition to track races.
British Athletics announced that there will be a crowd of 20,000 to watch the show, which is designed to commemorate the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and was considered to be a huge success.
The previous edition of the event was staged at the Olympic Park, but that was not available on this occasion. What’s more, it was not possible to stage the event on the precise anniversary of the Games, as it clashes with the Commonwealth Games.
Among those set to compete in London is 2012 gold medalist Greg Rutherford, who has spoken of his excitement at the launch of the event.
“It’s a great place to be and I think it’s going to be incredibly special to hold the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games here,” Rutherford remarked at the launch. “It’s one of the most iconic parts of London and you just have to look at the backdrop of Horse Guards to see the London Eye and just around the corner we’ve the Queen sipping on her tea.
“By the time I come to compete I will be in the best shape of the year and I’ll be looking to jump far here.”
Horse Guards Parade is a top London landmark and can easily be reached using the underground network from the Montcalm Hotel in the city centre.