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Wembley replay

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News that the British Olympic Association wants London to mount a bid for the games in 2012 must have sent tremors through the Department of Culture, Media & Sport. It probably thought the trauma of the Wembley Stadium saga would go away. Now, of course, with the revised (cheaper) Foster and Partners/HOK designs back in contention for our national football stadium, the question arises: could the stadium be converted for Olympic use?

The answer is a categorical 'yes', and what's more it would be a better stadium (for both football and athletics) than the Stade de France or the Cardiff Millennium Stadium.The tricky issue of a warm-up track and stand has been fully addressed; perhaps Tessa Jowell could look back at what her own adviser, CABE, has said about the Foster/HOK scheme. It supported the plan from the start, and it is a mystery even now as to why Chris Smith and Kate Hoey ignored this advice and ploughed on - disastrously - in condemning the designs. Smith even received an honorary RIBA fellowship as he stuck the knife in. Anyway, thank goodness those stupid twin towers are finally going to bite the dust.

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