Closure at top sports centre

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The canoe slalom course of the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont has been forced to close because an investigation launched after visitors suffered violent sickness, diarrhoea and exhaustion found high levels of bacteria in its wat er. Thecentre is supplied from the river Trent, which has suffered from sewage overflow during recent floods.

The Sports Council had said last week that under its restructuring, the centre would receive extra funding to make it one of just two national centres of sporting excellence. The centre, near Nottingham, was due to host this year's World Slalom Championships.

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