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Olympic cycle track procurement extended

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) yesterday pushed back the deadline for firms bidding to build the London 2012 Velodrome by a month.
Contractors were meant to have registered their interest in constructing the 6,000-seat Olympic venue by 1pm tomorrow, but that deadline has now been extended to 1pm Wednesday 13 July.An ODA spokesman said the final date had been pushed back following requests from firms bidding that the client hold an industry day on the project, as it has done for other key venues. The spokesman denied the ODA had so far failed to attract the quantity or quality of bidding contractors it had hoped for.The industry day will be held on Thursday 26 June and allow potential bidders the chance to probe ODA officials on their requirements for the Velodrome.It is the second time the ODA has been forced to push back a deadline when procuring contractors for key 2012 venues: it had previously done the same for the Olympic pool.

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