London 2012 - Legacy Company exclude board member

Wed, 19 Jan 16:40:00 2011

Olympic Park Legacy Company board member Tessa Sanderson has been excluded from the Olympic Stadium decision-making process because of a conflict of interest with West Ham’s backers Newham Council.

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Sanderson, who won Olympic javelin gold at Los Angeles 1984, has a personal consultancy contract with Newham Council, which had not previously been disclosed to the OPLC.

And the Legacy Company have confirmed that Sanderson will now be excluded from all matters relating to the Olympic Stadium process.

“Board members are obliged to give declarations of interests, including pecuniary interests, in any matter where there is a potential conflict of interest,” read a OPLC statement.

The news will come as an embarrassment to West Ham who are locked in an increasingly bitter two-way tussle with Tottenham Hotspur to secure a move to the stadium after London 2012.

Both clubs have until Friday to submit their final bids to the OPLC who are then expected to recommend a preferred bidder to the Government and the Mayor of London a week later.

The issue has grown in controversy ever since Tottenham confirmed they would tear up the athletics track and demolish the stadium which would appear to break the athletics legacy promise made by the London 2012 bid team to the International Olympic Committee upon securing the Games in 2005.

UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner has been particularly vocal in his condemnation of Tottenham’s bid and has given his backing to West Ham, who intend to keep the track.

Today Sir Craig Reedie, a member of the IOC executive board and a key figure in securing London the Games, became the latest high-profile name to voice his disapproval at Tottenham’s plans.

"It would be extremely regretful," said Reedie. "We would lose credibility.

"If we have one tenant of a major football club and it is going to keep the athletics track, that is my chosen option.

"It was sport that generated the Olympic Park in the first place.

"The only correct long-term usage is to have a stadium which can be used as the centre of future bids for major sports events, probably concentrating on what is the Olympic Games' leading sport."

More than the Games / Eurosport

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