We need our own Games velo­drome

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

DEAR Editor, If the bid by Birm­ing­ham to stage the 2022 Com­mon­wealth Games is suc­cess­ful, it will be a boost for the devel­op­ment of sport and busi­ness within the West Mid­lands.

The Mid­lands has pro­duced many fine track cy­clists over the years, many of whom would have trained and raced on the out­door track, Sal­ford Park in Birm­ing­ham, which was de­mol­ished in the 1990s with­out be­ing re­placed.

Birm­ing­ham does not pos­sess a sin­gle banked velo­drome or cy­cle track.

Many sup­port­ers of cy­cle sport within the West Mid­lands are un­der­stand­ably con­cerned that due to the lack of a mod­ern 250 me­tres in­door velo­drome, the Com­mon­wealth track cy­cling may be be held many miles away.

Should that be the case the neg­a­tive con­se­quences will in­clude a great blow to the devel­op­ment of cy­cle sport and cy­cling within the West Mid­lands.

The de­ci­sion to hold the track cy­cling out­side the West Mid­lands should be re­vis­ited. I would urge all those with the power to en­sure a new in­door velo­drome is built within Birm­ing­ham and track cy­cling takes its right­ful place within the Com­mon­wealth Games.

David Viner, by email

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