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Sports Minister wants public to help design Olympic Park

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Sports minister Richard Caborn has said he wants the designs for a section of the London 2012 Olympic Park to be chosen by the public.

Caborn also called for part of this process to include designs actually drawn up by the public.

Speaking yesterday at the AJ's conference 'Designing for Sport and Leisure', Caborn said, 'I would love a part of the Olympic Park to be open to a competition where we could vote interactively on our televisions.

'We would encourage young people to take part in the design process.'

Caborn, who said he has been considering this idea for some time, said: 'It is still a possibility.'

Caborn also talked about developing Olympic design and buildings so that all sorts of countries could afford to run a games. 'Is it just a rich man's club,' he asked, 'or can it help the development of a nation?'

The 2012 Olympics, Caborn said, should be 'the most sustainable ever run'. He said it could be made 'cashless and ticketless' through the use of new technology.

by Ruth Slavid

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