Liberal Democrats in Gateshead have welcomed the recommendation that Gateshead Stadium and Gateshead Leisure Centre should be used as a training camp in the run up to the London Olympics in 2012.
The two facilities will be used for training in athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, fencing, judo, table tennis, taekwondo, weightlifting, and wrestling.
Gateshead Councillor Peter Maughan said, "I am delighted that Gateshead has been listed in the Pre-Games Training Camp Guide and hope that many countries choose to send their teams to the area to train.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for Gateshead, which will boost the local economy and ensure that the Olympic legacy reaches beyond London.
“The London Olympics will be a major event and the government has agreed to put a huge amount of money into the games. It is therefore right that areas outside the capital benefit from the Olympics being staged in our country.
"I am looking forward to welcoming athletes from all over the world to Gateshead in 2012.”