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‘Olympic Stadium not      fit for football’

London's Olympic Stadium is not fit for football and risks turning into a white elephant after this year's Games, the chairman of third-tier English club Leyton Orient has warned.
Barry Hearn, whose club is close to the 500 million pound ($784.67 million) stadium in a previously rundown part of east London, has long been against a bigger side like second tier West Ham United moving into the venue and his patch after 2012.

A football tenant for the stadium, which will retain its athletics track after the Games and will host the 2017 athletics World Championships, seems the most likely.

"The more I look at the stadium, the more and more convinced I am is that it is not fit for football purposes," the businessman told Britain's Sky Sports News.

No HawkEye in  Olympic volleyball

Volleyball chiefs will not use the HawkEye ball tracking system at the London Olympics after deciding there is not enough time to implement the changes, the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has said.

The use of a challenge system at next month's European Volleyball Confederation Champions League Final Four in Poland has led to speculation that review technology, already seen in sports such as tennis and cricket, could come in for the Games.

"The FIVB continues to discuss and explore the possibility of using a review system with the potential for possible implementation at some stage in the future," FIVB  said in a statement.  "One thing is for sure, it is definitely not feasible to implement such a system at the London Olympics due to the timing."

Kluft’s indoor plans  suffer injury setback

Swedish long jumper and two-time Olympic champion in heptathlon, Carolina Kluft, will not take part in the European indoor season after an operation on her shin and will instead concentrate on preparing for the London Olympics.

"I want to be able to perform the long jump at a world-class level, but with the pain I feel at the moment that is impossible," the 29-year-old Kluft said in a statement.  "My focus is now on training in the spring and competing in the summer, with the London Olympics being the big goal."

This Platini will beat them and join them

A week ago, Michel Platini was wading into Dinamo Bucharest players when a friendly against CSKA Sofia degenerated into a mass brawl but the Romanians were more impressed by his soccer skills and promptly signed the striker from the Bulgarian side.

The 28-year-old Brazilian, named after the former France captain and current UEFA president, has signed a three-year deal with the Romanian league leaders yet only last Wednesday, he was blamed for sparking the melee in the Turkish resort of Antalya.

The hot-tempered Platini reacted badly when he was fouled in the second half of the match, retaliating by kicking offender Laurentiu Rus and punching several other of his future team mates before both players were sent off.

Platini, who has played for 10 clubs in as many years, travelled back to Romania with his new team but club officials kept his presence a secret from the rest of the squad as a precautionary measure.
 
Bulgarian champ will shoot in London

Double Olympic shooting champion Maria Grozdeva has withdrawn her threat to boycott the London Games after Bulgaria's Prime Minister guaranteed funding for her preparations.  "We had a meeting with (Sports Minister) Svilen Neykov and he informed me that they personally solved our problem with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov," Grozdeva, who has competed in five previous Olympics, said.

Grozdeva, who won gold in the women's 25M pistol in 2000 and 2004, as well as Olympic bronze medals in the 10M air pistol in 1992, 1996 and 2004, had made her threat after her shooting club Levski Sopharma were expelled from the federation for not participating in domestic competitions.

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