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The fight for the future of the Olympic Stadium

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Roger Mosey | 14:25 UK time, Monday, 24 January 2011

I don't think anyone expected the decision on the future of the Olympic Stadium to be quite so noisy and divisive.

The main point of this post is to give you a chance to express your views here - which you can do at greater leisure now the decision has been postponed - on whether it's West Ham or Spurs taking over the site in Stratford. But first, on the day we heard about the delay, some quick thoughts from me on what the brouhaha is showing us.

I should say as a BBC staffer I'm neutral on issues of public policy, and I've no footballing allegiance to either club.

But first and most obviously, it's a very tight race. I don't believe we'd be hearing from the high-level participants currently flooding the airwaves - Keith Mills on Friday, Seb Coe on Sunday, Craig Reedie today - if the issue were settled.

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Next year's Olympics

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Roger Mosey | 09:03 UK time, Thursday, 13 January 2011

So we can now say the London Olympics are "next year". Last time on this blog I was kicking round thoughts about how we translate that into a sharper sense of anticipation - not necessarily now but by the start of 2012. And this weekend, happily, gives us an example of how we can try to spread the Olympic spirit.

For a while we've been running a project called World Class - a partnership between the BBC and the British Council. One of its big ideas is twinning schools from the UK with counterparts across the world, and last autumn we launched on BBC Breakfast a competition with a prize of links to the schools of our World Olympic Dreams athletes. So Chasetown Sports College in Burntwood, West Midlands, has found itself twinned with Shawn Johnson's school Valley High - which is a bit further west in Des Moines, Iowa; and Calderglen High School in East Kilbride earned a connection to Merlyn Diamond's school Jan Mohr High in Namibia. Overall more than 1500 UK schools registered their interest.

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