Other success came in the Men’s individual time trial, as Steven Cummings claimed a 1: 09.08 finish for a bronze medal, and the Men’s 10m platform final as Thomas Daley secured 525.80 points to also take bronze. Along with the success stories of this London 2012 Games for the home team, come the near misses. In the Men’s Tennis Singles Final, people witnessed Andy Murray of GB lose in dramatic fashion to Rafael Nadal in a 5-set thriller. Also with no one in the Men’s 100m Final to represent Team GB will come with big disappointment and in the next Olympiad Team GB will strive to provide more talent to challenge for podium positions.
Lord Coe jumps to defend decision to lease out the Olympic Stadium and denies it will become a white elephant. The Olympic stadium to be leased out as Lord Sebastian Coe stresses importance to maintaining a “commitment to an Olympic legacy”. Olympic 2012 Chairman Lord Coe believes athletics meetings have the potential to fill the Olympic stadium after the Games. But following the collapse of West Hams plans to buy the stadium, the governments revelation that the venue would be leased out has caught its doubters. London Assembly member John Biggs has said: “The decision is at very high risk of creating a white elephant.” Coe has been quick to silence these doubts as he believes has said: “There is no lack of demand for top-class track and field in this country”.
Coe claims Britain’s successful hosting of two Diamond League meetings at Crystal Palace shows there is sufficient interest in the sport. “We not only sell out for every one of those meetings but we would also probably be able to sell five times that number of tickets.” “If we had a larger venue we would fill that venue,” he added. “You have only got to any of those diamond league meetings to know how many people turn up on spec hoping to get tickets. “Don’t run away with the idea that athletics is a sport that is not supported.” Coe has stated, ‘That London was bidding for the 2017 World Athletic Championship in the belief there would be full crowds for the event’. He added: “That is a commitment we made and I think we should see it through.”
New Leicester Boss Nigel Pearson concedes the sack is never far awayin this “Results driven business” but looks to thrive under the immense pressure placed upon him. Pearson even admits that “SvenGoran Eriksson didn’t have enough time in the job to let his system work but the owners are ambitious and wantsPremier League status”. He is still confident to thrive under the pressure and feels he is the right man to return the club to the Premier League’s elite and looks to bring the club back into the playoff places “Within a month”. And that the automatic promotion places are not beyond Leicester’s reach for this season. Nigel feels he can deliver that this season, due to the current infrastructure and set of player’s and staff already at his disposal.
Published on Dec 13, 2011