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London Olympic Stadium shut for years

Legacy What legacy 2012 Olympic Stadium in danger of being shut for years

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UPDATED:

23:28 GMT, 7 November 2012

London's Olympic Stadium may not even be open to the public by the time the next Games begin in Rio in 2016, it has emerged.

The mothballing of a venue that cost taxpayers 486million comes despite promises made by Olympic organisers, led by Lord Coe, to bequeath a sporting legacy to the country as a top priority.

Arena: The heart of this summer's Olympic Games could be shut for years

Arena: The heart of this summer's Olympic Games could be shut for years

News of the delay came from Dennis Hone, chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, who said the stadium would not be handed over to new tenants until 'August 2015 at the absolute earliest and possibly August 2016'.

West Ham remain favourites finally to become the stadium's main tenants. But if the process drags on even longer than Hone suggested, the venue's readiness to host the athletics World Championships in 2017 would also be in doubt.

Coe, who was elected as chairman of the British Olympic Association on Wednesday, said: 'Speaking as vice-president of the IAAF (athletics' governing body), I am a client so I will be watching the situation closely.'

Close eye on proceedings: Coe promised to bequeath a sporting legacy

Close eye on proceedings: Coe promised to bequeath a sporting legacy

The previous Government and London Mayor Boris Johnson originally intended that a tenant would be in place for the start of the 2013-14 season, before that deadline was pushed back a year.

But Hone believes the substantial conversion needed to accommodate athletics and football makes that goal unobtainable.

The work, which could start next summer,
would include installing retractable seats and a cantilevered roof to
cover the new seating.

Concern: Lord Coe at a press conference on Wednesday

Concern: Lord Coe at a press conference on Wednesday

Speaking to the London Assembly committee, Hone said: '2014 is completely out. For football, it's about seating positions for the pitch, roof coverage, hospitality requirements and things like that.

'They change from bidder to bidder.
Depending on the option they will have a different construction period.
We have to procure them in a competitive manner and complete the
construction.'

The delays
risk diminishing the public enthusiasm generated by the Olympics as
well as antagonising West Ham, who won the initial bidding process
before legal problems intervened.

The
club are reluctant to bankroll the conversion, pointing to how they
would instead pay their way by bringing in hundreds of extra jobs to the
park and raising its commercial attractiveness.

The other bids come from proponents of a Formula One grand prix, League One football club Leyton Orient and a Burnley-based football business college.

Hone dismissed speculation that an American football franchise were also in the running, saying: 'We've got four bidders and we've had no bids outside that competition.'

The LLDA are also looking for a stadium operator, such as AEG or Live Nation. They would manage the principal occupants – West Ham or one of the three rival bids – and their relationships with the other tenants, namely UK Athletics, who will host 20 days of track and field a year plus the 2017 World Championships, and Newham Council, who will put the stadium to community use. A decision is not expected before December.

Barnsley check players" cars in bid to solve injury crisis

Driven mad! Barnsley boss Hill probes players' cars in bid to solve injury riddle

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UPDATED:

15:44 GMT, 31 August 2012

Barsnley manager Keith Hill is being driven so mad by his team's injury crisis that he has checked the cars they are driving.

Hill will be without 11 players for the second weekend running at home to Bristol City and has had just 12 senior players in training this week.

Hill said: 'To legislate for the type of injuries we’ve got, you must have really seriously good finances, which unfortunately we haven’t got.

Injury crisis: Championship club Barnsley have been rocked by a host of sidelined stars

Injury crisis: Championship club Barnsley have been rocked by a host of sidelined stars

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'We’ve looked at every possible reason for the injuries. We’ve even gone so far to look at the type of car the players are driving and the distance they are travelling each day.

'Especially for those with hamstring problems where we’ve sought advice from sports science departments at Premier League clubs and they are coming up with types of cars for hamstring injuries and seating positions for the duration of the journey.

'We’ve been assured everything we’ve been doing on the training pitch is correct and we just can’t find the reason why we are picking up so many injures other than the possibility of travelling and the type of car they are driving.'

Driven mad: Barnsley boss Keith Hill is desperate to find a solution to his club's injury problems

Driven mad: Barnsley boss Keith Hill is desperate to find a solution to his club's injury problems

London 2012 Olympics: Empty seats at swimming venue investigation

Olympic organisers launch investigation into swathes of empty seats at swimming venue

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UPDATED:

16:45 GMT, 28 July 2012

London 2012 organisers have launched an investigation into why there were so many empty seats at different venues including the Aquatics Centre this morning.

The opening session of the swimming programme featured the first instalment of the showdown between 14-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps and friend and rival Ryan Lochte.

Missing out: Empty seats were a familiar sight on day one at the pool

Missing out: Empty seats were a familiar sight on day one at the pool

There were also a number of home swimmers competing including Hannah Miley, a medal contender in the 400 metres individual medley, former world 100m freestyle silver medallist Fran Halsall and world 200m butterfly silver medallist Ellen Gandy.

However, there were hundreds of empty seats despite all public tickets having been sold.

Michael Phelps of the U.S. prepares to start his men's 400m individual medley

A LOCOG spokesman said: 'We are aware that some venues have empty seats this morning.

'We believe the empty seats are in accredited seating areas, and we are in the process of finding out who should have been in the seats and why they weren't there.'

London 2012 Olympics: Synchronised swimming tickets oversold

Fresh Olympic ticket farce as thousands are told to return passes for synchronised swimming

Olympic organisers are set for a backlash after the synchronised swimming was oversold by thousands of tickets.

London 2012 have admitted an error has led to 10,000 too many tickets being sold for sessions.

Many of those people who have bought tickets for the Aquatics Centre events have been asked to return them. They will now be offered tickets to other events at the Olympics.

Ticket troubles: Synchronised swimming is caught in controversy

Ticket troubles: Synchronised swimming is caught in controversy

A London 2012 spokeswoman said: 'As a result of finalising the seating configurations in our venues and reconciling the millions of Olympic and Paralympic ticket orders against the seating plans for around 1,000 sporting sessions, we have discovered an error in seats available in four synchronised swimming sessions.

'In December we contacted around 3,000 customers who had applied for tickets in the four sessions during the second round sales process. We are exchanging their synchronised swimming tickets for tickets in other sports that they originally applied for.'

The issue arose after the first round of sales last year. Synchronised swimming was not initially oversubscribed but when tickets were put back on sale, a human error meant thousands of extra ones – which did not exist – were available.

No entry: Thousands of fans will be denied a visit to the Aquatics Centre

No entry: Thousands of fans will be denied a visit to the Aquatics Centre

Around 3,000 customers who bought tickets in the second round of sales have been contacted by organisers LOCOG.

They have been offered the chance to exchange their tickets for other events for which they also applied and were originally unsuccessful.

It is the latest controversy to surround the ticket sales. Hundreds of thousands failed to land any seats to the Games and there were complaints when the website struggled to cope with the huge demand.

In May, more than a million tickets will go on sale. It is some of these tickets which have now been made available to those who thought they were heading to the synchronised swimming.

The process for people to resell any unwanted tickets in their possession opens on Friday.