12 Oct 2011

West Ham's Olympic stadium deal falls through

7:25 am on 12 October 2011

A deal to award London's 2012 Olympic stadium to West Ham United after the Games has fallen through because the British government says it's become "bogged down" in legal challenges.

The English second tier soccer club could still end up renting the facility under the new plan to keep the stadium in public ownership, and the Olympic Park Legacy Company has been asked to start a new process to secure tenants.

The move comes amid a protracted dispute with the Premier League football side Tottenham Hotspur, and the plan is committed to safeguarding the legacy of the stadium's athletics track which is central to a bid to host the 2017 world championships.

West Ham were selected to inherit the stadium in February before Tottenham Hotspur sought a judicial review saying a 40 million pounds loan from Newham Council gave West Ham an unfair economic advantage and made the decision unlawful.