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Velodrome leak caused by careless workman

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Leaking earlier this week at Hopkins’ Olympic velodrome has been blamed on damage caused by a workman

Water was reported to have fallen into the press zone at the edge of the track and Chinese pen and it was later confirmed that three ‘minor’ leaks had appeared in the roof of the Stirling Prize-shortlisted landmark.

A London 2012 insider told he AJ: ‘During snagging on the roof, somebody cut through the membrane. There was a slight roof leak. However it was quickly rectified and the competition wasn’t disrupted in anyway.’

Speaking shortly after the water was spotted on Sunday an official spokesperson for the London games said: ‘The heavy rain has identified a couple of very minor leaks in the Velodrome.’

‘It won’t have any impact on today’s competition and will be easily fixed.’

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