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Will Olympic gymnastics move from borough?

PUBLISHED: 11:36 15 October 2009 | UPDATED: 17:15 25 August 2010

THE Mayor of London and the Olympics minister have hatched a plan to ditch building a temporary £42 million London 2012 venue in a regeneration hotspot. Tessa Jowell and Boris Johnson s plan to move the badminton and rhythmic gymnastics events from a ve

THE Mayor of London and the Olympics minister have hatched a plan to ditch building a temporary £42 million London 2012 venue in a regeneration hotspot.

Tessa Jowell and Boris Johnson's plan to move the badminton and rhythmic gymnastics events from a venue on the Greenwich Peninsula to Wembley Arena will be decided on today.

It has been reported that in return for agreeing to this Johnson (pictured right) will drop his campaign to move the shooting events from the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich to a cheaper alternative in Barking.

The monthly meeting of the Olympic board is due to meet this afternoon in London. It will include Boris Johnson, Tessa Jowell, Seb Coe and chairman of the British Olympic Association Colin Moynihan.

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said: "The mayor held a constructive meeting with the Olympics' minister where they agreed a shared proposal to take to the Olympic board meeting on Thursday.

"The agreement is now a matter for the board and the mayor invites them to recognise this proposal and hopes the matter can be concluded swiftly to everyone's satisfaction."

International gymnastics officers are due to visit Wembley this week ahead of a visit by badminton's world federation. A spokesperson for London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) refused to comment until after the meeting.

Originally, it was proposed that boxing be moved from the ExCel Centre in the Docklands to Wembley Arena.

But the move was bitterly opposed those in the sport, which objected to the travel times and the fact athletes would not be able to spend as much time in the Olympic Village.

marina.soteriou

@archant.co.uk


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