After successfully hosting the European Indoor Athletics Championship over the weekend, Birmingham is celebrating another sporting milestone.

The US track and field team is to make Birmingham its base in the run up to the 2012 Olympics in London.

The city has also been courting the Chinese in an attempt to get it to use Birmingham as its preparation base for 2012.

This is good news for Birmingham as it adds another dimension to its growing economic portfolio and the rising international profile of the city.

Also, by staging such an impressive championships Birmingham has proved once again that it is does “big” very well.

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