Rio 2016 Olympics success to be celebrated in Leeds

Alistair and Jonny Brownlee won gold and silver in the triathlon this week

Alistair and Jonny Brownlee won gold and silver in the triathlon this week

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LEEDS is set to host a major homecoming event to celebrate the success of the city’s athletes at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the forthcoming Paralympics.

Council leader Judith Blake outlined plans for the event today ahead of the final hours of competition in Brazil.

Theresa May has today announced Manchester and London will host national events to give the public the chance to see Team GB’s heroes.

Leeds will now also host a homecoming for athletes including diver Jack Laugher and triathletes Jonny and Alistair Brownlee.

Coun Blake said: “We will be hosting a large homecoming event in Leeds to recognise the fantastic performances of both our Olympic and Paralympic athletes in Rio. The people of Leeds are extremely proud of all our athletes flying the flag so magnificently for both the city and Yorkshire.

“Leeds has so much to celebrate, with such a cross-section of medallists in gymnastics, triathlon, cycling, diving, rowing and still Nicola Adams in the boxing to come. We will absolutely make sure the Leeds event gives the athletes the recognition and appreciation they so fully deserve for their wonderful achievements.”

The Prime Minister today announced a parade would be held in Manchester and another event in London to celebrate Team GB’s success which was enhanced further last night by the women’s hockey team taking gold.

She said: “For the past fortnight, the people of the United Kingdom have been filled with pride as we’ve watched our Olympians take victory in so many sports with power, grace and control. In every discipline and at every stage, Team GB have shown the world what we’re made of: determination, dignity and true sportsmanship.

“They haven’t just made history; by showing just how far talent and hard work can take you, they have inspired the next generation. They have also shown the importance of supporting elite sport, and that is something this Government remains wholly committed to.

“The euphoria of London 2012 didn’t end four years ago, and it doesn’t end now – we still have the Paralympic Games to look forward to. It will continue on the streets of Britain as we plan a parade in Manchester, alongside the British Olympic and Paralympic Associations. It will be a celebration fit for heroes – and rightly so, because that is exactly what they are.”

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