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Olympic Stadium decision delayed

Filed: Monday, 24th January 2011
By: Staff Writer

This Friday's announcement to confirm the future tenants of the Olympic Stadium has been postponed.

The Olympic Park Legacy Committee (OPLC) confirmed this afternoon that a decision would be delayed in order to allow them to investigate the two bids - one from West Ham United and the other from Tottenham - more closely.

A statement released on behalf of the OPLC this afternoon read:

"On Friday, 21 January, the two bidding consortia made final offers as part of the decision process concerning the future of the Olympic Stadium. Given the detailed nature of both bids received, we need more time to seek further clarification with both bidders in order to identify a preferred bidder.

"The Stadium is a significant public asset and we have a duty to run a robust process. Securing the most appropriate solution for the Stadium is vital to our long-term aspirations for the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the wider regeneration of the area.

"In addition to the two shortlisted bids, the Legacy Company also has the option of the original plan to convert the Olympic Stadium to a 25,000 seats, mixed-use venue. In going to market, the Legacy Company’s aim was to consider options which would enhance and build on that plan."

There has been no statement as yet to confirm when a decision can be expected.

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by Mark Lewis
03:21AM 25th Jan 2011
''Please don't move us to an Athletics Stadium!''

by Iron4Life
12:19AM 25th Jan 2011
''Is it just me? Fully a third of Newham councillors chose to abstain on the vote (on supporting the West Ham bid) due to their personal involvement with West Ham... for the vast majority of them this involvement did not extend beyond being season ticket holders but is testament to their integrity. Tessa Sanderson has been removed from the adjudicating committee because she is occasionally employed by Newham Council... "they" felt it was inappropriate for her to play a part because she might be swayed by loyalty to her employers... an outrageous suggestion given her status as an Olympian and her selfless dedication to youth sport since.

Strange then that the vice chairman of the legacy committee, Sir Keith Mills, feels under no obligation to resign given that he is a director of Spurs. Presumably he must have been aware of the move to oust Tessa Sanderson... did he really not see the double standard. I guess the clue is in the word 'Spurs'.

The bottom line is that the Spurs bid should have been kicked into touch the moment it was mooted, and once the detail revealed should definitely have been shown a red light. They will, like they always do, get precisely what they deserve.''

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