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Olympics will 'damage Wales'

Roger Williams, Welsh Affairs spokesperson and Lib Dem MP for Brecon & Radnorshire, warned that the government's decision to shift £1bn National Lottery money to pay for the Olympics could damage sport and the arts in mid-Wales.

The government has announced that an additional £675m of national lottery funds will be diverted to help meet the spiralling cost of the 2012 Olympics. This is on top of the existing £410m already pledged.

However, Mr Williams suggested that the future of projects like Ystradgynlais Sports Centre and the Presteigne Music Festival were at risk from cuts in funding to the Sports & Arts Councils for Wales while new building projects may have to seek alternative sources of funding.

Source: DeHavilland (subscriber service)