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Football: Olympic Stadium shapes up for West Ham move

Work has begun to build a new roof on London's Olympic Stadium, future tenants West Ham United announced on Wednesday. The Premier League club will move into the arena, the centre-piece of last year's London Games, in 2016 and preparations are under way to facilitate their arrival. The first of 14 floodlight panels will be removed later this week, with a cantilevered roof due to be in place by 2015 in order to host matches at the rugby union World Cup that year.

Football: Orient Olympic stadium bid suffers court reverse

Leyton Orient's hopes of ground-sharing at London's Olympic Stadium with fellow capital football club West Ham suffered a setback Thursday when a judge blocked the third-tier club's legal action. Orient, the nearest professional club to the stadium in east London, where Premier League West Ham play at Upton Park, claimed the London Legacy Development Corporation had erred in awarding sole tenancy to the Hammers. They wanted to seek a judicial review of that decision but a judge in London's High Court refused Thursday to allow their claim to proceed.

Tokyo man to lose home to make way for stadium: again

By Ruairidh Villar and Hyun Oh TOKYO (Reuters) - Kohei Jinno fans out the black and white photos of his family posing proudly in front of their central Tokyo home, a house they were forced to leave ahead of the 1964 Olympic Games to make way for construction of the main stadium. Now Jinno, 79, has to move again.

London fans revel in Olympic memories

By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's athletics fans were out in force again on Friday as 60,000 filled the Olympic Stadium for a Diamond League meeting that doubled up as London's "Anniversary Games" with Usain Bolt filling his accustomed role as star billing.

A year on, Olympics yet to solve East London's problems

A year after hosting the Olympics, London is trumpeting the economic benefits of the Games. But residents living near the Olympic Park are still waiting for the promised benefits as rents soar. Usain Bolt is in town and the scent of 2012 is in the air as London's Olympic Park reopens its doors for an athletics meet and anniversary festivities, 12 months after it hosted the greatest sporting show on earth. Eventually, the site will be handed over to the people with the ambitious aim of creating the "Hyde Park" of the east.

Football: West Ham must pay off debts before Olympic move - Brady

West Ham vice-chairwoman Karren Brady has revealed the Premier League club will have to pay off all their bank debt before their move to the Olympic Stadium. The Hammers have debts of £70 million, half of that bank debt secured on their Upton Park stadium, and that has to be cleared when the ground is sold ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016. Brady, giving evidence to the House of Lords committee on Olympic and Paralympic legacy on Wednesday, also insisted that the club was not getting the stadium on the cheap and that the deal was good value to the tax-payer.

Olympic Stadium sells out fast for Bolt's London return

By Keith Weir LONDON (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of tickets for Usain Bolt's return to the scene of his London Olympic victories sold out within 75 minutes of going on sale on Friday, organisers said. Bolt, who won three sprint golds in London last year to match his Beijing haul, will compete in the IAAF Diamond League meeting on July 26-27. Organisers are billing the event the "Anniversary Games" - a year after the Olympics.

Olympics: West Ham to take over London stadium - club

English Premier League football club West Ham United are to become the main tenants of London's Olympic Stadium, it was announced on Friday. The 80,000 capacity stadium in east London, which hosted the athletics events and the ceremonies last year's Olympics and Paralympics, will be converted to a 54,000-seater venue in time for the 2016-2017 football season. "It's fantastic for everyone at West Ham United that at last all the club's hard work over the past three years has paid off," the club's joint chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said.

Olympics: West Ham to move to Olympic Stadium - report

West Ham United football club are to become the main tenants of London's Olympic Stadium, the BBC reported on Friday ahead of an official announcement expected later in the day. The long-term future of the £429 million ($648-million, 503-million-euro) venue in Stratford, east London, was supposed to have been decided before last year's Games but a series of legal challenges have led to a drawn-out process.

West Ham move secures Olympic Stadium's status

By Keith Weir LONDON (Reuters) - Football club West Ham United will move into the Olympic Stadium from 2016 thanks to a deal on Friday that makes the venue a lasting part of London's sporting scene but drew criticism over the cost to taxpayers. The agreement should settle a long-running saga over the future of the stadium, built with 430 million pounds of public money and the centrepiece of last summer's London Games.
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