Greenwich Park Life
It was decided this week that Greenwich Park would be the venue for the Equestrian events at the 2012 London Olympics, despite a concerted effort to block it.
As Badminton is probably the world’s foremost equestrian event centre you may be forgiven for thinking it would have made sense to stage it there.
In their infinite wisdom the Olympic organising committee wanted it close to the Capital in order to have a sense of ‘closeness’, as previously the Beijing Olympics held the event in Hong Kong and the Melbourne Olympics of 1956 held it in……Stockholm! (due to Australia’s strict quarantine laws).
The London Olympics are costing a lot of money, so if an existing location close to the capital can be utilised then I suppose it makes sense. I mean what do you need to stage the equestrian event? A large cross country course, and an area to put up some fences for the horses to jump over, plus a couple of temporary stands for spectators.
Sounds great, should save loads of money………..
Estimated cost? £42 million pounds.