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UK Athletics back West Ham's Olympic Stadium bid

The governing body of British track and field says it is formally supporting West Ham's bid to take over London's Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games.

The 2012 Olympic stadium under construction in east London.
The 2012 Olympic stadium under construction in east London.

LONDON // The governing body of British track and field says it is formally supporting West Ham's bid to take over London's Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games. 

The Premier League club has submitted a joint bid with the local government in Newham, east London, and pledged to retain a running track in the $853 million (Dh3.1 billion) stadium. UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner says he is impressed by "their clear commitment to the spirit of the Olympic legacy and not just athletics at the elite end, but with the retention of the community track."

A rival bid has been submitted by another London club, Tottenham, together with American sports and entertainment giant AEG. Their bid does not include plans to keep the track.