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LLDC chief resigns in wake of latest OS revelations


Filed: Thursday, 3rd November 2016
By: Staff Writer


The chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation has resigned following the latest revelations regarding swelling costs at the Olympic Stadium.

Yesterday it was revealed that the cost to convert the OS from an athletics arena to a venue fit to host Premier League football had jumped by another £50million.

And less than 24 hours later David Edmonds, who has worked for the LLDC since 2009 tendered his resignation to London Mayor Sadiq Khan who has since launched an investigation into the stadium's spiralling costs.

"David has made an enormous contribution to the legacy of the London 2012 Games and he has helped to steer the organisation through some extremely challenging issues," said the LLDC's chief executive David Goldstone.

"We thank him for all his hard work and wish him well in the future."



LLDC chief David Edmonds who has tendered his resignation


Meanwhile the media have finally turned their attention to those who originally brokered the Olympic Stadium deal in the wake of the latest revelations.

This morning, The Independent carried a piece written by Chief Sportswriter Ian Herbert in which he inisted those at fault were Seb Coe and Boris Johnson, who were jointly responsbile for providing an Olympic Legacy.

"they told him [Coe] at the time that he should bring a football club in from the start for the Olympic Stadium, because you count on the fingers of one hand the number of days athletics needs 20,000 seats," he wrote.

"Coe was not having it. I mean, he really was not having it. Football would not be in the 2012 bid document, diluting Londonís appeal with the IOC."






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