Lemley hits out over 2012 costs

23 Apr 2008

By: Sport Industry Group

Speaking publicly for the first time since quitting as head of the Olympic Delivery Authority, Jack Lemley has accused the government of ignoring his repeated warnings over spiralling costs for London 2012.

Lemley, who left the ODA in October, has labelled the financial estimates for the construction projects for the Games as a ‘swamp’ and that ‘a blind man could see’ the problems associated with the Olympic site.

Lemley said that the government was only interested in hearing good news about London 2012 and consequently had given the green light to an unrealistic budget.

The government has responded to Lemley’s outburst by issuing a statement in which the former ODA chief is accused of ‘making a number of assertions he must know are untrue.’