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What is it with the cynics not in favour of Olympics?

PUBLISHED: 10:24 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:34 05 October 2010

WHAT great results we have from the Beijing Olympics, something to carry on till our own London Olympics in 2012. But what is it with the cynics that they are not in favour of the 2012 Olympics?

Dear Editor,

WHAT great results we have from the Beijing Olympics, something to carry on till our own London Olympics in 2012.

But what is it with the cynics that they are not in favour of the 2012 Olympics?

I represent the older people on the Older People's Olympic Forum through the London Older People's Strategy group and am also vice president of Tower Hamlets Sports Council.

As such, I wanted the Olympics to come to East London so our children and grandchildren can train and enter them.

We all say 'let's get something for the youth' to occupy them. There is no better way than sport-it keeps them off the streets and gets them fit.

I was the former chair of Tower Hamlets Sports Council from 1986 to 1994 and raised more than £220,000 for sports including sponsorship for our children for the London Youth Games and a £200,000 legacy deposited in a bank, the interest going towards grants every year for training, coaching and equipment.

Then there is the legacy after the 2012 Olympics-housing for all, for families, for rent, others for the elderly, some sheltered units and some for the private sector.

The stadium after the Olympics must be available for clubs in East London with competitions for all type of sports, , cinemas, tenpin bowling, youth clubs, bowling greens, tennis courts, pensioner clubs, restaurants, discos and shops (but not supermarkets-we have enough already).

Public transport will be enhanced with more trains and buses. The development will bring people closer together.

Yes, we could build hospitals, housing, schools, health centres and more. But we must think of our children's future and their leisure activities after school and at weekends.

We must stop moaning and get on with the development.

Barry Blandford

Manchester-road, Cubitt Town, Isle of Dogs


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