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Boxing clever?

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Adrian Warner | 12:02 UK time, Friday, 19 June 2009

Anybody know an indoor venue which 2012 can use for boxing?

Olympic bosses are still struggling to persuade the sport to move away from the Excel complex in east London and move to Wembley.

2012 need boxing to switch venues because they have ditched a plan to build a temporary arena near the 02 at Greenwich to save money and are playing chess with some of the sports.

But people in boxing,like badminton which was offered the same deal,don't fancy the long journey from the Olympic village at Stratford to north London.

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Can the French muscle in on 2012?

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Adrian Warner | 17:18 UK time, Friday, 12 June 2009

The Government and 2012 are always telling us that the whole of Britain will benefit from the Olympics because there will be pre-Games training camps for international teams across the UK.

But there are no guarantees this will happen across the country. I've been in the Calais region this week and the French are working very hard to attract teams too.

And why not? Calais is just an hour by train from central London and I visited excellent failicites for gymnastics, canoeing, basketball and handball. Dominique Dupilet, the head of the Pas-de Calais council, says he's already signed deals with around 10 teams already.

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