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Swimming body wades in to Aquatics centre debate

The Amateur Swimming Association have expressed concern following suggestions the London 2012 Olympic Games aquatics centre could have its intended capacity halved.
The complex in east London was originally intended to seat 20,000 but that could be halved to meet budgetary considerations.

The original design would cost almost twice the £75million budget to build and Olympics minister Tessa Jowell has ordered the project back to the drawing board.

In order to keep the `manta ray' roof design, the seating capacity would have to be brought down to 10,000 one source closeto the project said.

Architect Zaha Hadid has been told to bring costs in line with

original estimates. However, the sport's national governing body have insisted a world-class facility is necessary for the London Games and have urgedorganisers to reconsider.

Chief executive David Sparkes said: 'It is the view of the ASA that specification for the pool in Games and legacy mode is absolutely non-negotiable.

'It is now for the architects and engineers to come back with a realistic solution maintaining the integrity of the facility.

'This facility was a key part of securing the Games for London and the vision sold to the IOC must be delivered.'

Government officials have refused to confirm or deny that the venue will have to drastically cuts it capacity, with a Department of

Culture, Media and Sport spokesman saying last week : 'This is pure speculation.'

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