The beautiful Olympic Stadium that just hosted a near perfect Olympics and Paralympics may not enjoy another event from now until late-2016.
The stadium was set to open as the centerpiece of the newly dubbed Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as early as next year (though more likely in 2014), but negotiations regarding who will fund the roughly $285 million in renovations has stalled the process.
English Premier League football team West Ham United is still considered the front-runner to sign a 99-year lease with the stadium next month.
UK Athletics chair Ed Warner is frothing at the mouth over the renovation and now says he thinks London Mayor Boris Johnson, who also heads the London Legacy Development Corporation, is putting his reputation and political future at risk if he doesn’t get the stadium open sooner.
“This is fast becoming a Stratford farce,” Warner, who will oversee the 2017 world track championships set to be held at Olympic Stadium, told the London Independent. “West Ham have been phenomenally patient over the last few months. I would urge those making the decision to please get on and do it. Get it open.”
Olympic fans can visit NBCOlympics.com/GoldMap from now through the Rio Games in August for information on how youth can participate locally in the Olympic sport they are watching.
“Lots of kids are going to be inspired by the Olympics, and they’re going to want to do sports that they may not know about,” four-time Olympic track champion Allyson Felix said on TODAY. “This is a place where they can get information.”
NBC Olympics will integrate a series of short promotional features during NBC Sports’ coverage of the U.S. Olympic Trials with more information on “Gold Map.”
“Gold Map,” which debuted for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, was launched by NBC Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. Summer Olympic sport national governing bodies.
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You may remember the inspiring P&G “Thank you, mom” ads from the London 2012 Olympics and the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.
Well, the brand published its Rio 2016 ad on Wednesday with more tear-jerking moving pictures.
Note the Romanian flag in the gymnastics arena.
Romania didn’t qualify a men’s or women’s team for Rio but can send gymnasts for individual events.
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