Mills says Spurs likely to miss out on 2012 stadium

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Sir Keith Mills, the deputy chairman of London 2012 and a Tottenham director, admits West Ham are in pole position to take over the Olympic Stadium – but only if their bid "stacks up economically". Spurs are bidding against West Ham to take over the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games – but the Spurs bid would see the running track removed while the Hammers would keep it.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) are due to decide between the two bids before Christmas.

Mills said it was more important to avoid having "white elephants" than insist on keeping a running track, so long as an athletics legacy was created elsewhere in London. Spurs' plans for that legacy have remained under wraps.

Mills said: "West Ham's proposals are to leave the running track in place and if it stacks up economically I am sure the OPLC will award it to them. If it doesn't stack up they have an alternative in Tottenham with an athletics legacy elsewhere.

"We promised in our bid to leave an athletics legacy. The IOC president has made it clear that it is more important not to leave a white elephant in London than whether that legacy is in the stadium or elsewhere."

Mills said that even if Spurs were chosen that did not definitely mean they would choose that over a new stadium at White Hart Lane.