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Former Olympics boss under fire for plans to demolish part of Crystal Palace athletics stadium

Lord Coe's company is in charge of the consultation process for Crystal Palace athletics stadium. Photo: PA

Former Olympics boss Lord Coe is under fire for plans which could see the famous Crystal Palace athletics stadium bulldozed.

The London 2012 supremo and Olympics legacy cheerleader chairs a sports management firm hired by City Hall to run a public consultation.

The redevelopment proposals for the National Sports Centre involve demolishing the spectator stands and closing an indoor running track.

Two out of four options would see the outdoor track also ripped up. Part of the site could become a controversial 'free' school.

Local sports groups and businesses today launched a campaign to try to save the loss-making stadium.

A campaign has been launched today to oppose the demolition plans. Credit: Simon Harris

John Powell, who has coached athletes at Crystal Palace for 40 years, said:

It's very disappointing to hear that Seb Coe is in any way involved in potential proposals for destroying Crystal Palace.

What is the Olympic legacy is the question I would ask him for south London?

This word legacy has been bandied about now for upwards of two years but in South London the only place that you can have multi sports sited in one place they're talking about destroying.

– John Powell
John Powell questioned what the Olympics legacy meant for Crystal Palace. Credit: Simon Harris

Lord Coe was unavailable for comment but his company CSM issued a statement:

CSM Strategic, part of CSM Sport & Entertainment, were appointed by the Greater London Authority to manage the public consultation process for Crystal Palace but have been working with the GLA to ensure a number of options to retain the athletic track are on the table, and they are keen to ensure the widest and fullest consultation on the possible future of Crystal Palace is undertaken.

– CSM