We need our own Games velodrome
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