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mo farah launches sainsbury's anniversary games

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Double Olympic 10,000m and 5,000m Champion Mo Farah returned to the former Olympic Stadium on Sunday, to launch the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, which is due to take place in the iconic venue at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 24-26th July.

The world’s best athletes are set to head to the Park for the three-day athletics spectacular, including a two-day Diamond League meeting on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th July, with the Sainsbury’s IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final taking place on Sunday 26th July.

Farah said: “It’s fantastic that the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games is planning to return to the former Olympic Stadium this summer and I can’t wait to get back on this track to compete, at what will be a stunning celebration of athletics.

“The atmosphere will be amazing and I’m sure it will bring back the memories of London 2012 and the inaugural Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in 2013.

“I hope the British public will be as excited as I am about this event, and will come out to support the athletes. I’m sure it will be the best outdoor meet this year and a great send off to the World Championships.”

You can register now for tickets, which are planned to go on sale at the end of April, by clicking here.

The Stadium is currently closed as work continues to transform it into the new national competition centre for British Athletics in 2016 and the permanent home of West Ham United FC. A major construction project is underway and on schedule for the stadium to host a number of world class sporting events later this year including the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games and five matches of the Rugby World Cup.

British Athletics have won the right to host athletics in the Stadium for one month every year for the next 50 years from 2016.

British Athletics Chief Executive Niels de Vos is excited about athletics returing to the Stadium in the summer.

He said: “The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games this summer will mark the start of new athletics legacy at the former Olympic Stadium.

“For one month a year the Stadium will be the beating heart of athletics in this country and we want the nation to get excited about it and be part of it. 

“As well as hosting the best international competitions in the world we need to create a two, three or four-week festival where that Stadium is buzzing with athletics and fans every day.”