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Still with the GLA, why is it so obsessive about Picketts Lock as venue for a national athletics stadium? Athletics is not a major spectator sport and the site is not associated with significant urban regeneration. As noted last week, it is 20 minutes from the nearest rail station and not on the tube.Nicky Gavron correctly says it will be necessary to build a second rail line and put in a station. But who is going to pay for this, especially since the stadium will have minimal use after the 2005 world athletics championships for which it is being built? As an Olympic venue it is a non-starter, despite the lobbying of Britain's athletics community, which makes the FA look like a model of efficiency. The only venue likely to attract the games is Wembley. Jack Straw's committee trying to sort out the Wembley mess has one simple task in respect of an Olympic bid:

buy an option on the next-door site to provide a warm-up track.

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