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Monday, June 16, 2008

Boris Looks To The Legacy

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has given an interview to The Independent in which he outlines his determination to cut back on the costs of the 2012 London Olympics, and to ensure that there will be a lasting legacy.


"We are looking at ways of saving.

Everybody is worried we are going to waste squillions on projects that are going to have no lasting benefit for east London. That is why I want to make sure that there is a proper legacy. I'll be using my position on the Olympic Board to make sure that we deliver value for money not only for London, but the whole country.

We are going to see some action. We need a master plan and we must get our skates on. While we pour all this money into an Olympic stadium, aquatic centre, media centre and all the rest, we've got to think:

'What's it going to be in five years' time?'

We don't want to sink billions into east London without a long-term benefit, and keeping a cap on the costs. Regeneration is wonderful but the Olympics are about sport

I hope that he and Kate Hoey, his appointment as Commissioner for Sport, can make a genuine impact on the Olympics budget and legacy.

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