Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Orient Inside Track; We're Stadium Front Runners, Says Hearn

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Orient Inside Track; We're Stadium Front Runners, Says Hearn

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Byline: DAVID SMITH

BY DAVID SMITH WITH typical bluntness Barry Hearn has spelt out how Leyton Orient can get London 2012 "out of the s***" by moving into the Olympic Stadium.

The future of the venue in Stratford is a hot topic after the London 2012 Olympic Board revealed the athletics track will be retained following the Games, although the capacity will be cut from 80,000 to 25,000.

That news ended West Ham's ambitions for the site and has raised fears that the centrepiece of the London Olympics could become a white elephant. Last night, Lord Coe, chairman of the Organising Committee, confirmed that while a Premiership side would not be taking over the stadium it could be that "smaller clubs would play within a running track".

Orient chairman Hearn, whose struggling team play Brighton at home tonight and will be aiming for much better after Saturday's 5-0 thrashing at Bournemouth, said: "The fact of life is the Olympic people have got a problem on their hands with what to do with the stadium and we can get them out of the s*** because someone's got to be in there and we're the perfect fit. …

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