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It is not West Ham’s stadium

vosUK Athletics chief executive Niels de Vos has hit out to claim the Olympic Stadium is much a home for UK Athletics as it is for West Ham.

Speaking to the Evening Standard this week Vos said “For us, this is not  West Ham’s Stadium, this is athletics’ stadium and for that month each year it is just that. We’re not the summer tenant. We want to make it an amazing place for people to do the sport and watch it.   We want the Olympic Stadium to be the beating heart of athletics, It’s not the only place for the sport, of course, but all roads lead there and it has to be a very physical illustration of the sport at all levels.

“We need that to be our Wembley, to be our Wimbledon. If you’re an up-and-coming athlete now, you need to think, ‘I want to be running on the Olympic track in the Olympic Stadium’. That’s a responsibility that’s going to weigh pretty heavy on us. We’ve won the right to host for every month every year for 50 years. We need to make that a month the nation stops for athletics.”




About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

One comment on “It is not West Ham’s stadium

  1. Oh do me a favour Vos. Apart from the Olympics and the World Championships athletics is a minority spectator sport. If you have signed a contract for a months use every year for the next 50 years you are a fool.
    Sure the odd Grand Prix could sell out Gateshead or Crystal Palace, however if you think that over a four week summer period that athletics would be financially viable and the crowds generated will re kindle the Olympic atmosphere the Athletics Assosciation is deluded.

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