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Spurs accused of threatening bid for 2017 worlds

Spurs accused of threatening bid for 2017 worlds

London will be unable to bid for the 2017 athletics world championships while Premier League club Tottenham pursues a legal battle for the Olympic Stadium, the British government said Wednesday.
Tottenham is trying to overturn the decision to award the venue to West Ham after the 2012 Olympics so it can take control of the stadium and build a new venue without a running track.
West Ham's bid to move in to the stadium succeeded after the east London club pledged to retain some athletics facilities in a downsized 60,000-seat stadium.
The Olympic Park Legacy Company's decision enabled London to push ahead with a bid for the athletics worlds. But Britain sports minister Hugh Robertson doesn't think it can progress unless the legal wrangling is resolved before the IAAF deadline of Sept. 1.
Third-tier football club Leyton Orient, which is based near the Olympic Park in east London, is also challenging the OPLC decision over the future of the 486 million pound ($770 million) stadium.
"We are caught between the court timetables and the IAAF timetable," Robertson said at an Olympics briefing in London. "We need to confirm a bid by September 1. The key thing is if we can get Tottenham's and Leyton Orient's appeal through the High Court and, I would say, dismissed ... if the High Court is not settled, we don't have a secure venue.
"That would make it very difficult to bid. I would hope Tottenham would see the greater good to London, maybe it's a fond hope."
Robertson said "initial economic planning" showed London would benefit by 100 million pounds ($158 million) from hosting the event.
The other bidders include Qatar, Berlin, Budapest and a Spanish city yet to be confirmed.


Updated : 2021-04-11 12:12 GMT+08:00