Olympic Stadium to be opened with British University Championships
Next year’s BUCS Outdoor Championships, taking place from 4 to 7 May 2012, will be the first competitive sports event at the new stadium in Stratford and will help the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to test key aspects such as; the field of play, results, scoring and timing systems, as well as operational procedures and functions.
Karen Rothery, Chief Executive of BUCS, said: “BUCS is very proud to be announced as the test event for the athletics competition at the London 2012 Olympics.
The athletics programme at BUCS is truly excellent. The outdoor event is growing in size and is also highly competitive, the perfect competition to test operations in advance of the Games. This is credit to the BUCS Sports Team and an amazing team of volunteers that deliver and will continue to deliver excellent events well after the Olympic Games has finished.”
BUCS and London 2012 have been working together over the last 12 months to organise the event, which is normally held at Bedford but will now take place in the £537 million ($836 million) 80,000-capacity Stadium.
Historically, BUCS has been host to many world class athletes and performances. Many of the country’s elite youth athletes compete at a university level before progressing into the professional ranks. Athletes like Kelly Southerton, Perri Shakes Drayton and Montel Douglas are just a few athletes that have produced championship bests for Brunel during their time at university with us. All of these ex-BUCS out-door champions are now hoping to be line up on the track with medal aspirations at the London Olympics.
Whilst providing a spectacular platform for all athletes taking part in the competition, Brunel will be particularly pleased given our recent strong record in the Champion-ships, allowing many of our athletic students to showcase their talents under the watchful eyes of organisers and the general public. „Test driving‟ the highly publicised Olympic Stadium will be an honour for all involved, and it is hoped by Brunel that several of its Sports Scholars can shine at the event on the biggest stage.