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West Ham 'ahead in stadium race'

Sir Keith Mills, the deputy chairman of London 2012 and Tottenham director, has admitted West Ham are in pole position to take over the Olympic Stadium - but only if their bid “stacks up economically”.

Tottenham/AEG are bidding against West Ham to take over the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games - but the Spurs’ bid would see the running track removed while the Hammers’ would keep it.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company are due to decide between the two bids before Christmas.

Sir Keith said it was more important to avoid having ‘white elephants’ than insist on keeping a running track inside the Olympic Stadium, so long as an athletics legacy was created elsewhere in London. Spurs’ plans for that legacy have remained under wraps.

Sir Keith told Press Association Sport: “West Ham’s proposals are to leave the running track in place and if it stacks up economically I am sure the OPLC will award it to them. If it doesn’t stack up they have an alternative in Tottenham with an athletics legacy elsewhere.

“We promised in our bid to leave an athletics legacy. The IOC president has made it clear that it is more important not to leave a white elephant in London than whether that legacy is in the stadium or elsewhere in London.

“The OPLC’s job is to ensure there is a legacy and to ensure there are no white elephants.

“We have been told we will have an answer by Christmas and look forward to them coming up with the right decision.”

Sir Keith said that even if Tottenham were chosen that did not definitely mean they would chose that over a new stadium at White Hart Lane.

Readers' comments (2)

  • THFC have secured planning approval backed by the promise of creating jobs and regenerating North London. It has been a lengthy process with massive costs. It appears unfair to go through that process and then hijack another clubs proposal with their plan B approach. I would make sure THFC commit to the original and agreed plans that have given hope to many and let West Ham move in to a much needed stadium - that they plan to keep as per the olympic design which would also salvage some pride in Athletics !

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  • Its probably going to end up in the hands of Amercian or UAE firm dont count your chickens yet

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