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|London's Three Olympic Bids|
- Rival stadiums vie for pole position
THREE sites are set to battle it out to become the base for London's expected bid to hold the 2012 Olympic Games.
After a meeting with Olympic President Juan Antonio Samaranch in Sydney, UK Sports Minister Kate Howey revealed that the new Wembley stadium could yet be built to include an athletics track.
Work is due to start on the stadium in November and to change its design would cause huge ructions with its current backers, most notably the football authorities, who have always wanted Wembley to be used almost exclusively for their sport.
If athletics were incorporated into the new Wembley, a cloud of doubt would then hang over UK Athtletics' scheme to build its own stadium at Pickett's Lock in Enfield. Pickett's Lock is due to have a capacity of 55,000, too small for the Olympics but big enough for the World Athletics Championships to be held in 2005.
Meanwhile, London Mayor Ken Livingstone has thrown his weight between another project altogether - a stadium at Stratford in east London whose development would be used to revitalise one of the capital's most rundown areas.