Athletics - Boost for athletics after Olympics

Athletics was the sport taken up by the highest number of people over the seven years that followed London being awarded the Olympic Games.

Athletics - Boost for athletics after Olympics

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The Active People survey showed that 604,200 people took up track and field after London won the right to host the Games in 2005.

Additionally, there was a 25% increase in athletics participation following the 2012 Games, which has been credited in part to Britain’s unprecedented success on the famed “Super Saturday”, which saw Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Greg Rutherford all win gold medals at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

“This is excellent news for British Athletics,” UK Athletcis chief executive Niels de Vos said.

“The sport has led the way in terms of overall growth and participation numbers over the past seven years and has also seen big improvements in para-athlete integration and the rates of female participation in our sport – two areas where we have been particularly focused.

“The London effect is clear to see – great athletics inspires participation, just as it will with this summer’s Anniversary Games, next year’s Commonwealth Games and when the World Championships come back to London in 2017.”

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