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Lord Coe defends decision to scrap the wrap

PUBLISHED: 06:00 10 November 2010

The stadium as it would have looked with decorative wrap

The stadium as it would have looked with decorative wrap

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The Olympic chief hits back following criticism that scrapping the curtain will mean the stadium looks unfinished.

LONDON 2012 chair Lord Coe has defended a decision to scrap a £7 million decorative ‘curtain’ that was to have been wrapped around Stratford’s Olympic Stadium.

Lord Coe’s statement followed criticism from stadium architect Rod Sheard that the move would leave the arena, above, looking incomplete.

Concerns have also been raised that the decision could impact the performance of athletes as the 67-ft high curtain was designed to minimise crosswinds.

Lord Coe said: “I am very clear the stadium fundamentally has to work for the athletic performance.

“That was the first thing that I wanted to satisfy myself that we were not infringing upon. I think a sensible decision was made.”

A spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said the wrap could not be justified in the current economic climate but the idea could be revived if a sponsor was found.

The move to axe the wrap was made last month as part of the coalition’s Spending Review.

The 80,000 Olympic Stadium is due to be finished next summer to allow for 12 months of testing.

West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur are among applicants bidding to become a post Games tenant of the venue. A decision is expected on the bids by March.

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