London Mayor Sadiq Khan: Wimbledon to give people hope

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan: Wimbledon to give people hope

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is looking forward to this year's edition of Wimbledon as he insists The Championships will give people hope. Last year, a number of sporting events were cancelled in the United Kingdom and Wimbledon was one of them.

“I think Euro 2020 will be fantastic, we have the seven games in London. I think we can use Euro 2020 as a springboard to a recovery, particularly if it’s domestic fans only,'' Khan said, per The Guardian.

“I want to see Scots coming down to London to watch the Scotland-England game and it can be really exciting. “Similarly, I am looking forward to cultural events, to open-air theatres, to street carnivals, to Wimbledon.

“It’ll be very different this year for obvious reasons because we’ve got to recognise that international travel is not the same as previous years. “But those could be the catalyst to give people hope and to engender a sense of positivity, but it’s got to be done safely”.

Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time since 1945

On April 1 last year, it was announced that Wimbledon was cancelled for the 2020 season. ''It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic.

The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021,'' Wimbledon's statement read. Uppermost in our mind has been the health and safety of all of those who come together to make Wimbledon happen – the public in the UK and visitors from around the world, our players, guests, members, staff, volunteers, partners, contractors, and local residents – as well as our broader responsibility to society’s efforts to tackle this global challenge to our way of life.' '