West Ham United Football Club has received backing from Lord Sebastian Coe in its bid to move to the 2012 Olympic Stadium.
The Hammers and Tottenham Hotspur are the two rival bids to use the stadium after the Games but Coe has revealed that Tottenham’s reluctance to keep the track around the pitch – instead pledging to build an athletics track elsewhere - could be detrimental to their bid.
Coe said: “We are told that West Ham are happy to play football within a track and Tottenham have clearly said they are not. Conclude from that what you want.”
He added: “We made a commitment to track and field to be a part of the legacy of the stadium so, as vice-president of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations); it's not going to come as a huge shock that I am going to defend and help my sport.”
“We have had assurances that the tenders will be underpinned by the recognition that commitments were made to the IOC and to the international federations about a track and field legacy, and we have no reason to believe the OPLC will do anything to contradict that.”