LONDON, December 13. AS part of London’s bid to land the 2012 Olympic Games, a state-of-the-art aquatic center was part of the proposal. Now, it seems that the original plans may not be followed, a fact that is not sitting well with the Amateur Swimming Association of Great Britain. The organization has stated that the aquatic center must fall in line with what was scheduled.
Some of the revision plans that have surfaced show that crowds for the aquatic competitions in 2012 could be cut in half. However, ASA Chief Executive David Sparkes has urged organizers to rethink their decision. In his appeal, he stressed the importance of constructing a top-flight facility, not one that cuts corners due to increased building costs associated with the original blueprints. The initial plans called for a 20,000-seat facility.
"It is the view of the ASA that specification for the pool in Games and Legacy mode is absolutely non-negotiable," explained Sparkes. "The pool must deliver for the sport in Games mode and for the people of
London as a Legacy as outlined by the ASA in its submission to organizers and, while the budget might be tight and challenging, it is totally realistic.
"It is now for the architects and engineers to come back with a realistic solution maintaining the integrity of the facility. This facility was a key part of securing the Games for London and the Vision sold to the IOC must be delivered."