Sport /Legacies from Olympics (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
October 15, 2003
Question By: 
Noel Lynch
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
Barbara Cassani (Chair of the Olympic Bid Company)


Yes, there is a decline in sporting facilities. How can you stop the Olympics from diverting the already scarce funds into elite provision? We have had evidence at the Culture Committee that people who need them most will not benefit from what will be needed by the Olympics in the way of training places.


Answer for Sport /Legacies from Olympics (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Sport /Legacies from Olympics (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
Barbara Cassani (Chair of the Olympic Bid Company)

I think a lot of it comes down to what the boroughs are planning and what they want to achieve. We have already been working with groups that have a desire to develop pools, for example, and want to use the potential for a facility to be used as a training facility to raise money and to gain support. I have already been in contact with someone in west London who is interested in developing their 25-metre pool into a 50-metre pool and wants to understand the requirements of the Olympics to gain it.

I think it is using the Olympic objective to get behind plans that are already good plans, which is the beauty of it. More money will be made available for the Games through the new Lottery activities, and these will be additional facilities that will be put in place. So I do not see the diversion that you are talking about in the work that we have been doing.