How a queue at London Stadium can be a catalyst to restore the iconic Crystal Palace to its former glory

“What kind of legacy is that? Most young athletes have never even used it. If UK Athletics shifted their focus to Crystal Palace it would make for a much better legacy.

“We are a country that loves sports and athletics, so how can London not have a world-class athletics venue?”

Olympic and World Champion 4x400m medalist Marilyn Okoro added: “It would be really powerful and restore a lot of confidence in the sport.

“It is such a majestic stadium and I would like to see it used more. Not only would it repurpose the stadium, but it would also be accessible to athletes of all levels and the local community.”

As always, finances will probably prove to be the biggest stumbling block. Public consultations in 2014 and 2018 yielded no progress, while the Mayor of London’s approval last December to undertake extensive refurbishment of the stadium and the wider Grade II* listed National Sports Center of which it forms part has yet to materialise. deliver plans.

Any compensation UK Athletics receives to waive rights to the London Stadium would almost certainly not make a big dent in the overall cost needed to refurbish Crystal Palace, but the hope is that it will address a desire to halt the ongoing decline from a favorite location.

“Crystal Palace has history and it can have a future,” Johnson insisted. If not, the legacy of London’s Olympic athletics would be scandalously lost.

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