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IOC President Rogge Opposes Tottenham Plan for Olympic Stadium

Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) --International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said he wants London’s Olympic Stadium to keep a running track after the 2012 Games, contrary to soccer club Tottenham Hotspur’s plans.

Tottenham’s proposal to take over the stadium in east London would involve demolishing and rebuilding the venue to accommodate 60,000 people for soccer, and scrapping the running track. Fellow Premier League team West Ham’s rival offer would retain the athletics circuit.

While Rogge said he favors the track being kept, he added that the IOC won’t intervene in the matter.

“We would favor a solution with a track legacy, but the decision is in the hands of the (Olympic Park Legacy Company) along with UK Athletics and LOCOG (the organizing committee),” Rogge said on a conference call from Lausanne, Switzerland. “If a solution could be found for the track we would be happy, but don’t expect the IOC to intervene in this issue where we are not responsible.”

Tottenham’s plans would involve boosting athletics by revamping facilities at Crystal Palace in southeast London.

To contact the reporter on this story: Peter-Joseph Hegarty in London at phegarty@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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