National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace to get renovation funds

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The National Sports Centre poolsImage source, AFP/Getty Images
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Brazil used the venue as its base during the 2012 Olympics

The National Sports Centre will be allocated money for a "comprehensive renovation", the mayor's draft budget is expected to show.

The Olympic swimming pool and a diving pool, in Crystal Palace, south London, have been closed since March 2020.

Funding figures and a timeline for repairs have not been announced for the venue, which first opened in 1964.

The mayor's spokesperson said: "Sadiq completely appreciates the frustration of all those who love using the pools."

The spokesperson added: "He has asked his team to urgently contract a firm to plan and carry out the necessary renovation works, with the goal of maximising the time the pools are available for use.

"The National Sports Centre is a hugely important sporting and community facility for the capital and this decision will secure its future for decades to come."

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