Inside Lines: Olympic Stadium in bid to host Gay Games of 2018

After the triumph of London 2012, another global event may be heading the way of Stratford's Queen Elizabeth (née Olympic) Park. The World Athletics Championships are booked for 2017 – assuming the revamped stadium is ready – but the following year could see London host the Gay Games, the world's largest sporting event for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes. The Government and funding agency UK Sport, committed to bringing major sports events to the UK in the wake of the Olympics, will back a bid to host a Games likely to feature 12,000 competitors from over 70 nations. Competition is expected from Paris, Amsterdam, Orlando and Limerick to stage the quadrennial event, which originated in San Francisco in 1982 and has been held on eight previous occasions. Cleveland, Ohio will host them in 2014. The proposed use of 2012 facilities, especially the Olympic Park and Aquatics Centre, will make London formidable contenders. "We are exploring our options but we would hope to use as many Olympic Park facilities as possible," says London's 2018 bid chairman, Alex Davis. Bids must be in by the end of February for an event originally due to be called the Gay Olympics before legal action from the International Olympic Committee forced organisers to drop the word Olympics. Designed to promote inclusion, the Gay Games are open to professionals and amateurs and feature most Olympics sports, including football.

Thomas breaks ice again

One sports figure who has come out, the former Wales and British Lions rugby star Gareth Thomas, will be breaking the ice again next month. He is to compete in ITV's Dancing on Ice under the mentoring of Torvill and Dean. The hosts will not be the only Olympic gold medallists in the show – the Hull boxer Luke Campbell, the 2012 Olympic bantamweight champion, has also signed up, along with triple world gymnastics champion Beth Tweddle, 27, who won Olympic bronze. Like Anthony Joshua, the Olympic super-heavyweight champion, the 25-year-old Campbell has several pro offers but is putting them on ice too.

Excelling at Excel

London's ExCeL, scene of many heartwarming Olympic moments for GB in the summer, makes a quick transition from last night's boxing to stage tonight's Sports Personality of the Year awards – or SP 2012, as the BBC are now calling the event. The bookies reckon only Jessica Ennis can put a spoke in Bradley Wiggins's wheel, but could the public vote yet spring a surprise? The Paralympic movement has orchestrated support for athlete David Weir and the swimmer Ellie Simmons. In a year in which equality was sport's buzzword, I have a hunch the top three will be a male, a female and a Paralympian, probably in that order, although my vote, based on personality and achievement, would go to boxer Nicola Adams, for bravery in the ring and for coming out in this newspaper.

Survey unfit for purpose

I am always suspicious of the type of expensive sports surveys regularly undertaken by Sport England, and it seems hard to accept their recent claim that 15.5 million people over 16 take part in sport at least once a week, apparently some 750,000 more than this time last year. That's one in three of us. As Victor Meldrew would say: "I don't believe it!" Look around you – surely that's wishful thinking? Unless the survey includes walking to the pub or the supermarket.

Load of more Maloney

Six months ago Britain's busiest boxing promoter, Frank Maloney, was ready to throw in the towel when Sky axed his shows. But he kept punching, and his heavyweight David Price became British champion and the hottest prospect in the land. Now the new free-to-air TV channel operated by lads' mag Loaded (Sky Ch 200) is to screen his small-hall shows, while Price remains a star on BoxNation.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Teeth should be brushed twice a day to prevent tooth decay
Bryan Cranston as Walter White, in the acclaimed series 'Breaking Bad'
footballChelsea 6 Maribor 0: Blues warm up for Premier League showdown with stroll in Champions League - but Mourinho is short of strikers
Those who were encouraged to walk in a happy manner remembered less negative words
Arts and Entertainment
Princess Olga in 'You Can't Get the Staff'
tvReview: The anachronistic aristocrats, it seemed, were just happy to have some attention
Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones
Life and Style

Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift

There have been various incidents of social media users inadvertently flouting the law

Life and Style
Stack ‘em high?: quantity doesn’t always trump quality, as Friends of the Earth can testify
techThe proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Bourgogne wine maker Laboure-Roi vice president Thibault Garin (L) offers the company's 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau wine to the guest in the wine spa at the Hakone Yunessun spa resort facilities in Hakone town, Kanagawa prefecture, some 100-kilometre west of Tokyo
CSKA Moscow celebrate after equalising with a late penalty
footballCSKA Moscow 2 Manchester City 2: Premier League champions let two goal lead slip in Russia
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

IT Project Manager

Competitive: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based in Chelmsford a...

Business Intelligence Specialist - work from home

£40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: An established and growing IT Consultancy fir...

Business Intelligence Specialist - work from home

£40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: An established and growing IT Consultancy fir...

IT Manager

£40000 - £45000 per annum + pension, healthcare,25 days: Ashdown Group: An est...

Day In a Page

Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London