Athletes urge London organizers to keep track
A group of 16 British Olympic and Paralympic athletes has signed
an open letter urging authorities to keep the running track at
London’s Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games.
Former champions Kelly Holmes, Daley Thompson and Sally Gunnell
are among those asking London 2012 organizers to honor their
original pledge that the running track would remain in the
”It would be unacceptable for the stadium to lose the track and
effectively become an Olympic Stadium with no Olympic connection or
legacy,” the letter said.
The Olympic Park Legacy Company has narrowed the bidding to two
Premier League soccer teams.
West Ham has said it would retain the track after the 2012
Games, but Tottenham – which is bidding alongside sports and
entertainment company AEG – has plans that do not include the
”Here was a stadium that would see young athletes competing for
an English schools title run on the same track as Usain Bolt, where
Premiership footballers could play whilst club athletes train,”
the athletes said. ”Here was somewhere that could play host to
Twenty20 cricket one week and a pop concert the next.”
A final decision is due by March 31.