“Having just competed and won medals at the World Para Athletics Championships in London, I have seen first-hand the passion this country has for all sport, including para-athletics. I know that Birmingham 2022 would surpass this level of support for all athletes across all sports.

“With its plans to upgrade Alexander Stadium as part of its bid, Birmingham 2022 will also leave a powerful legacy, becoming the home of athletics, and inspiring more young people, including those with disabilities, to realise that sport is for them.”