World athletics chief Lamine Diack has warned Britain’s reputation in sport will be ‘dead’ if they abandon their promise to retain an athletics track at the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games by letting Spurs redevelop it.
Diack, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, insists London must have an athletics legacy – as they vowed to do when they won the vote for the 2012 Olympics.
Yeah? You got a contract to back that up, maybe some divisions you can send our way? No. Well, tough.
Asked about the effect on British sport’s future if Spurs win the bid, Diack said: ‘You can consider you are dead. You are finished. There will be no credibility. They will have made a big lie to us in their presentation. And after that it is a betrayal.No-one outside athletics or the Olympics is going to give a damn, and once the public realise that the Olympics isn't going to deliver sugar-coated unicorns then they won't give a toss about the Olympics. I'm pretty sure it's going to make sod all difference to the sports we actually care about (tennis, golf, cricket, football and rugby)*
Oh, and Spurs' solution makes perfect sense. Use the stadium every week and pretty much fill it..
*You can tell the sports we care about because someone other than the BBC puts a bid in for them.