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London 2012 stadium hit by cuts

Plans for a huge fabric wrap on the London 2012 Olympic Stadium have been scrapped following government budget cuts

The colourful wrap was supposed to spruce up the 80,000-seat stadium’s appearance but Olympic chiefs have decided to save money and leave the structure bare.

The 900 metre-long wrap was sacrificed as part of the Olympics games’ £20M programme of efficiency savings announced as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review.  

The Department for Culture Media and Sport claimed the £9.3bn Olympics budget however remains “intact”. Culture minister Jeremy Hunt explained: “To deal with an unprecedented financial deficit we have been forced to make some incredibly difficult decisions. 

“We will deliver a safe and successful Olympics in 2012 when the eyes of the whole world will be upon us. By cutting bureaucracy and waste and prioritising the services valued by the public we will be able to protect our sporting and cultural core for the long term.”

An ODA spokesperson said: “Since the start of the project we have delivered over £700M of savings through efficient working to keep the budget on track.

“Although the project is now approaching 75% complete and much of remaining work is under contract we have managed to find these additional savings and will continue to drive down costs wherever possible”’

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