Money talks in heated 2012 venues squabble
When I broke the story last autumn about plans to scrap a temporary stadium near the o2 (formerly the dome) and ask sports to go to Wembley's indoor arena, I always felt it had the potential to cause a huge row.
The argument was about money. Should 2012 spend £40 million on a temporary venue for badminton and rhythmic gymnastics near the o2 or save money by shuffling sports around and using a venue like Wembley?
Boris Johnson says Wembley should be used because a temporary venue is a waste of money. He wants boxing to go to Wembley from the Excel arena in east London and the gymnastics and badminton to take its place in Excel.
There have also been attempts, as I reported last year, to persuade badminton to go to Wembley.
But both boxing and badminton have protested that it is too far from the Olympic Village in east London to Wembley. They say 2012 promised athletes would compete and not commute and they don't want their competitors commuting across the capital every day.
I understand Johnson exploded at the board meeting when he was told by British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan that he had to follow the views of the "people that matter" i.e. the sports and the international sports federations.
The Mayor told the meeting that the taxpayers mattered too and vetoed the proposals on the table. So 2012 are facing a venues crisis.
And who should win this argument in a recession? The athletes or the taxpayers?
One thing is certain. They are a long way from a solution.
The shooting venue at Woolwich is opposed by the sport's national governing body because it leaves no legacy and because some say it can't cope with staging the event safely.
Now there is serious talk of moving the sport to Barking. Boris Johnson supports that. But I have learned that Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell is pushing for the shooting to stay at Woolwich but for badminton to go to a cheaper temporary venue at Barking.
Confused? Well you should be. The Olympic world has less than three years before the games when all the venues should be finalised.
This is the week the recession hit the games and the people running them could not decide how to handle it.