London Mayor Sadiq Khan says his office is “working on a plan” to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games back to the city.
The earliest London to bid for a Games would be 2036, with Paris (2024), Los Angeles (2028) and Brisbane (2032) hosting the next three editions.
“We are working on a plan to bring the Olympics back to London, and I’ll tell you why,” Khan told Sky Sports at an event to mark the 10th anniversary of London 2012.
“We have seen in recent days the impact of climate change in relation to the heat waves, in relation to the grass fires that have destroyed 41 properties in London.
“What we need is to make sure that future Games are green and what we are doing is working on a plan to have the greenest Games ever.
“The great thing about London is that you don’t spend carbon building new stadiums, new places to cycle, new places to swim, because we have all the equipment. So pay attention to this space.”
The winning bid for the 2036 host city is expected to be announced within the next four years.
If a London bid were launched and successful, the city would be the first to host four Olympic Games after previous editions in 1908, 1948 and 2012.
Khan said: “We have time. There is no pressure from the IOC (International Olympic Committee), the important thing is to make sure we have all the building blocks in place.
“By the way, we would break a record, the first city with four Games, which is exciting. Wouldn’t that be great?
“It is still early, but the ambition is there. The great thing to remember is the power of sports. It is above party politics, it is above north versus south, it is not about skin color.
“We need to rekindle that Olympic spirit regarding that post-pandemic recovery.”