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Sebastian Coe believes Olympic Stadium will maintain athletics legacy

Coe has faith Olympic Stadium will maintain athletics legacy whatever lies ahead



16:11 GMT, 9 September 2012

Sebastian Coe believes it is within the 'wit and wisdom' of decision makers to keep a track and field legacy at the Olympic Stadium.

It has yet to be finalised what to do with the 80,000-seat stadium after London 2012, with Premier League outfit West Ham among four bidders interested in becoming tenants.

The process has been hit by a series of delays and legal wrangles, while there has also been a focus on keeping to the original promise of an athletics legacy at the venue.

Drawing to a close: Lord Sebastian Coe watches the last night of the athletics

Drawing to a close: Lord Sebastian Coe watches the last night of the athletics

London 2012 chairman Coe remains confident that a track and field legacy will remain at the stadium and believes there will be an outcome that works for all parties.

'I only tend to interfere when I get irritated about things,' he said.

'I was very committed to the Olympic legacy. I felt very strongly that it was a commitment I made and I made it to a lot of people in international sport. I certainly wasn't going to walk away from that.

What lies ahead The Olympic Stadium's future has not been decided

What lies ahead The Olympic Stadium's future has not been decided

'I still think it is perfectly within the wit and wisdom of all of us to make a multi-purpose sporting arena work for track and field.

'The rest of it is now firmly in the lap of the Olympic Park Legacy Company.

'I do think it would have been a fairly mystifying set of images that would have come through in six weeks had we have been watching the news and the roller derby was taking place as the stadium disappeared.

'I am not sure that would have met with public approval.'

Fernando Torres: I hit rock bottom at Chelsea

I hit rock bottom but now I'm ready to fire Chelsea to glory, insists 50m Torres



17:05 GMT, 24 May 2012

Fernando Torres is ready to fulfil his dreams with Chelsea after admitting he 'lost hope' earlier in his time at Stamford Bridge.

The departure of Didier Drogba gives the 50million British record transfer the ideal opportunity to secure his position as first-choice striker after a difficult 16 months since leaving Liverpool.

Cup kings: Fernando Torres celebrates Champions League glory

Cup kings: Fernando Torres celebrates Champions League glory

Torres has still to rediscover the form he showed at Anfield and has scored just 12 goals in his Chelsea career, but he remains confident his best is to come and dismissed claims he was unsettled.

'At Chelsea I am very happy and I never said the opposite,' he said.

'I still have a lot to do in this club. It has been a difficult year, I didn't play much and my mind was like a roller-coaster.

'I believe that I deserved to play more. I felt very bad and I would not like to feel that way again but I have never surrendered and I never will.

'When Chelsea signed me they did it with great expectations, and the confidence of the owner and the fans has been unconditional, but my role in the team has not followed that line.

'I look at myself and think I have not known how to be essential for the coaches I've had and this is another goal to accomplish which I will, at all costs.'

The Spain international went 24 matches without scoring this season before finally ending his five-month goal drought with two goals in Chelsea's FA Cup quarter-final win over Leicester.

For a player who has excelled at hitting the net at both Liverpool and before then at Atletico Madrid, it became almost a psychological problem.

'It was a mental block, I felt really bad,' he told his website, fernando9torres.com

Waiting game: A glum Fernando Torres (left) on the bench

Waiting game: A glum Fernando Torres (left) on the bench

'I felt very well on the field this season because I have become a more complete player but the ball did not fall for me and I felt I was never in the correct position.

'I watched many videos to study the movements of other strikers, including mine from my spells at Atletico and Liverpool.

'It helped me a lot because I lost the fear of being in the area. I want to thank Steve Holland (assistant coach) for the work he did to help me.

'There were times where I lost hope and that has never happened to me before.

'It's the worst feeling in the world when you love your profession and I became the player I hate.

'Luckily it is part of the past. Now all I have in mind is to fulfil dreams.

'I fulfilled a dream (by winning the Champions League against Bayern Munich at the weekend) and I'd say it's a very happy moment but I demand more.

'The best is yet to come. Now we have to keep dreaming.'

Torres still insists he and Drogba could form an effective partnership, despite the evidence suggesting otherwise, and questioned why the Ivory Coast international chose to leave the club.

'I want to play with the best and he (Drogba) is one of the best,” he added.

'I do not understand why it has to be one or the other and not both.'

But with the path now clear in front of him he is already looking forward to leading the line next season, having spoken to club officials about his future.

'My goal was to talk to them at the end of the season, I needed to know what plans they had for me,' he said.

'We've talked and now I have no doubt what they expect of Fernando Torres. I just want to start next season already.'

Leicester 42 Newcastle 15: Thomas Waldrom double helps Tigers maul Falcons

Leicester 42 Newcastle 15: Waldrom double helps Tigers maul Falcons

Two tries from Thomas Waldrom helped
Leicester Tigers leapfrog Northampton into third place in the Aviva
Premiership table after a comfortable home win over struggling

With Leicester wrapping up the
four-try bonus point just two minutes into the second half, the result
leaves Newcastle still six points adrift of London Wasps at the other
end of the table.

Leicester withstood a barrage of
early pressure to take the lead against a Newcastle side playing
primarily for field position.

Try time: Horatio Aguila scores for Leicester Tigers

Try time: Horatio Aguila scores for Leicester Tigers

Teenage fly-half George Ford – the 19-year-old son of Newcastle defence coach Mike Ford – stepped up to slot a penalty from out on the right after a dominant midfield scrum.

Momentum swung further Leicester's way when visiting centre James Fitzpatrick was sent to the sin bin for a high tackle, and within a minute his side were down by double figures.

From a line-out on the left Tigers worked play to the opposite flank, Horacio Agulla breaking free to set up the close-range ruck from which flanker Julian Salvi sniped in for a try.

Ford added the extras, and opposite number Jimmy Gopperth was similarly accurate with a penalty from straight in front to get his side off and running.

Heavy roller: Leicester's Graham Kitchener is tackled by Newcastle's Jeremy Manning

Heavy roller: Leicester's Graham Kitchener is tackled by Newcastle's Jeremy Manning

The extra man in the backs saw Leicester in for a second try on 22 minutes, this time from centre Billy Twelvetrees as the England Saxons cap rounded off a three-on-two in the right corner.

Another scrummage infringement allowed Ford to slot a second penalty, and more sloppy set-piece work from Newcastle saw a third try for their hosts as an overthrown line-out eventually saw Agulla cross down the left for a 23-3 interval lead.

It took just two minutes of the second half for them to add to that tally and secure the four-try bonus point, turning down a kickable penalty and setting up the catch-and-drive from which Thomas Waldrom rumbled over.

The Falcons finally found their way to the try-line with half an hour remaining through former Tigers academy prop Jonny Golding, who squirmed his way over down the left from close range after a burst from Fitzpatrick.

Wriggling through: Leicester's Steve Mafi gets away from Jonny Golding

Wriggling through: Leicester's Steve Mafi gets away from Jonny Golding

But with Taiasina Tu'ifua sent to the sin bin for pulling a player back off the ball, the visitors' already slim hopes of a comeback were reduced to dust as Leicester cranked up the power for the closing quarter.

From the very next scrum Waldrom dotted down for a pushover try – his second score of the afternoon – with Newcastle emptying their bench in readiness for Friday's home date with Harlequins.

With their seven-man pack being shunted from pillar to post a sixth Tigers try seemed an inevitability, and it duly arrived as Leicester sucked numbers to the left.

Ford stepped back into the pocket and floated a perfectly-weighted cross-field kick into the right corner for replacement wing Niall Morris – the Irishman catching the ball in acres of space to score.

Replacement flanker Richard Mayhew ploughed over for a late consolation from a ruck to the left of the posts, Gopperth converting, but it made little difference to the eventual outcome.