Trials unlikely to be held in Olympic Stadium

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Updated: February 24, 2011

British trials in 2012 are “very unlikely” to be held in the Olympic Stadium, according to UK Athletics.
While the governing body says it would “absolutely love” to hold the trials – which will decide GB’s Olympic team – at the arena ahead of the Olympics, logistical issues, including preparations for the Olympic opening ceremony, are likely to bar the way.

“We’re pushing them as hard as we can but there are logistical constraints,” said UKA chairman Ed Warner.
The first test event inside the Olympic Stadium is set to be the 2012 British Universities (BUCS) championships.
The London Olympic organising committee (Locog) told BBC Sport there is unlikely to be space in the calendar for the British trials to be held at the stadium.
“What you’re likely to see is a non-elite athletics event as the first test event in the spring of 2012 and then a number of opportunities for Britain’s athletes to train in the stadium,” said Warner.
“Maybe we can put on a low-key competition or two, hopefully let the cameras in and show them [athletes] competing there.”
In relation to holding the British trials inside the stadium, he said: “It’s very unlikely that’ll happen, it’s just too close to the championships themselves.
“We would absolutely love to do that – the constraint we have is it’s not our stadium, it’s Locog’s stadium, and they’re trying to piece together a jigsaw which includes a whole lot of pieces.
“Clearly, we always hold our trials as close to a major championships as we can and they need to prepare an opening ceremony – which I’m sure, with [film director, who is overseeing the opening ceremony] Danny Boyle’s help, is going to be pretty lavish and will require quite a bit of preparation.
“We may not be able to get the trials in there but we’ve got to be sure we get our athletes comfortable with the feel of that track under their feet.
“The most important thing for us is home advantage. We will do all we can to ensure they’re comfortable with that stadium – they understand where the call room is, understand the distances from A to B, they’ve been on the warm-up track, they know what it’s going to be like in the cauldron of competition in August 2012.”

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