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Rogger reopens Stadium debate

PUBLISHED: 11:16 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:45 05 October 2010

WEST HAM S proposed move to the London 2012 Olympic Stadium could be revived after Olympics boss Jacques Rogge reopened the debate about the future of the site this week. International Olympics Committee chief Rogge has said that the main stadium does not

WEST HAM'S proposed move to the London 2012 Olympic Stadium could be revived after Olympics boss Jacques Rogge reopened the debate about the future of the site this week.

International Olympics Committee chief Rogge has said that the main stadium does not need an athletics legacy after all, admitting that he is more concerned that the 2012 Games should not leave behind any "white elephants".

"If the best solution is to transform the track into something else then we would be in favour of that," Rogge said.

"We had the same situation in Atlanta where the Olympic Stadium was changed into a baseball stadium, which kept an interest for sport."

Rogge's comments mark a shift in IOC policy and could reopen the door for West Ham to move to the Stratford venue.

The Hammers have previously held talks about turning the site into a 50,000-seat football stadium, but no agreement could be reached, partly because of the existence of the athletics track.

The club have since switched their focus to a 31-acre site close to West Ham underground station, but any move has now been put on hold because of the global economic crisis.

Yet the prospect of moving into the Olympics Stadium could change those plans.


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