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Three Olympic venues could be dropped

Three 2012 Olympic Games venues could be ditched after the government ordered accountancy firm KPMG to carry out a ‘top-level’ review as to whether they give ‘value for money’.

Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell has commissioned KPMG to look into Greenwich Park, which will hold the equestrian events, the shooting venue at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, and the basketball arena in the Olympic Park.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Jowell said: ‘When you take the costs for each of these venues, it seems like a lot of money to a lot of people. It is a sort of testing-to-destruction to see whether that spending can be justified.’

According the Standard, Jowell said it was ‘possible but unlikely’ that the venues could be scrapped as a result of the review.

Alternatives for each of the venues could be Hickstead or Badminton for the equestrian events, Dartford for the shooting competition, and the Millennium Dome for the basketball, which is also hosting the finals.

It is understood the KPMG review is likely to last several months, and any decision will have to be ratified by the various sports' international governing bodies before being formally approved by the International Olympic Committee at its congress in Copenhagen next year.

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