OPLC rebuff Hammers 'speculation'

BY foxsports • February 10, 2011

It was claimed on Wednesday evening that the Hammers had already won approval ahead of London Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur. But the OPLC insist any decision on who will move into the stadium after the London 2012 games will not be made until Friday. The spokesman said: "It is pure speculation to say that a decision has been made. Our board meets on Friday. "There will be presentations by OPLC officers of both bids and a vote to recommend a preferred bidder." The 14 voting members of the OPLC board are gathering for a special meeting where the future of the Olympic Stadium will be the only item on the agenda. The meeting could take up to three hours and a final decision will have to get the go-ahead from the Government and the London Mayor. The differences between the two bids for the showpiece £537million venue in Stratford, east London, centre on the running track - West Ham would keep it while Tottenham would not. Meanwhile, Hammers vice chairman Karren Brady upped the stakes in her column in The Sun by sharing the Upton Park club's vision of a new era. Speaking on her vision for the summer of 2014, she said: "Mark Noble will lead us out as we make our Olympic claret and blue-print a reality. "England manager Harry Redknapp will be my guest after an amazing summer saw us get World Cup glory again. "There will be the gold medallists from 2012 but there will also be representatives from all walks of life who played their part in making today a reality. "We can look back with pride on February 2011 and know that we all did the right thing."

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