London 2012 legacy: The delay in reopening the Olympic Stadium has been branded “a farce” by UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner.
His comments today followed an announcement by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) last week that the stadium will not reopen until 2015 at the earliest and possibly the summer of 2016 — two years later than expected.
UK Athletics had planned events such as Diamond League meetings, trials and school competitions from 2014, and Warner admitted he had been stunned to learn of the delay.
He said: “My biggest concern is that we have some major events planned for that stadium and we thought they were going to be from the summer of 2014 onwards.
“I wouldn’t say this is a Whitehall farce but this is fast becoming a Stratford farce.”
Warner added: “Let’s have a bit of imagination here and let’s have a decision — we want one, West Ham want one and we all want it open as soon as possible.”
A decision on who will take over the stadium is expected by December 5, with West Ham’s proposed tenancy bid the favourite.