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2012 Olympics fencing arena could be binned

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has confirmed it is conducting a review on all temporary venues for the London 2012 Olympics, which could see the fencing arena being scrapped.

It is believed that fears over the cost of the 8,000-seat fencing venue – believed to be as much as £90 million - have lead to it being dropped from the Olympic Park

Questions had been raised about the future of the temporary structure after a design team was announced for the basketball arena, but not the fencing arena, despite them being on the same OJEU notice.

An ODA spokesman said that the review is over the location of the temporary venues, with no mention of any arenas being scrapped.

‘The location of the ‘big five’ permanent venues on the Olympic Park site was fixed over a year ago and will not change,’ he said. ‘It makes sense to look at how best to optimise the location of the temporary venues on the site to ensure we can deliver the best experience at Games time together with the strongest legacy case and this work is ongoing.’

It is understood the ODA is now looking to move the fencing to the ExCel Centre in London’s Docklands, which will also house the wrestling events.

The ODA is particularly sensitive over costs after the estimates more than doubled over the past two years from £4 billion to £9.3 billion.

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