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Wind trouble

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While drivel continues to be spouted about the supposed inade-quacies of the Foster Wembley Stadium scheme (memo to the culture secretary: 'Chuck it, Smith!'), a real problem has been acknowledged at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney. Following a local event at Stadium Australia, some athletes complained about wind gusts. Architect John Whatmore of hok Lobb admitted that there really is a problem, but all the design could do was mitigate the affects of gusts in what is a very windy city. 'The only real answer is to put a roof over the stadium ... that's not acceptable for the Olympics, so there will be an open stadium.' Refreshingly frank - but we'll be on guard against the odd, off-course javelin.

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