Sport/Olympic Legacies (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
October 15, 2003
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
Barbara Cassani (Chair of the Olympic Bid Company)


Thank you very much. Can I now turn to training facilities, which we talked about earlier. I think you mentioned in your introduction that 10 boroughs will actually have sporting events taking place in them. I must say I had not realised there would be that many. What about the other 22 boroughs? Obviously, they cannot have sporting events taking place there, but what about using their facilities for teams to train at?

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Answer for Sport/Olympic Legacies (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Sport/Olympic Legacies (Supplementary) [2]

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

For some it will work and make sense, but some will just be too far away geographically from the Olympic Village. We are in the process of looking at this right now. We are asking the boroughs or anyone who is contacting us, to let us know what they have and what they would like to make available. It is not always a case of what is there at the moment, but what could be there if their plans succeed . As I think I referred to earlier, sometimes the notion of the facility having the potential for use as a training facility can also help you as you raise money, as you look for support for the development of those facilities.

It is not a case where I can go down a list of every borough and give something to each. I would love to be able to do that, but I doubt we would win if we did that because some boroughs are simply too far away geographically to satisfy the Olympic criteria. By coming up with 10, which is a very preliminary number, I simply mean to make it clear to people that these Games will be spread around.

It is our hope that the Triathlon will be in Hyde Park and some of the running and cycling throughout the city. So it will be evident to everyone who lives in the city that the Games are going on.

We also hope to put in place a cultural programme where much of it would be for free and not require tickets. There would be events that people could participate in. I think the Jubilee was a wonderful example of how everyone could participate. In my part of London we even had a street fair which was great fun. I think that is a good model for what we would like to achieve.