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Olympic medallist hits out at West Ham ground proposals

Olympic and world heptathlon bronze medallist Kelly Sotherton has hit out at West Ham's plans to take over the Olympic stadium after the 2012 Games. New Hammers owners David Sullivan and David Gold want to leave Upton Park and lease the newly built stadium in nearby Stratford as the club's new home.

However, Sotherton insists the stadium should remain an athletics venue, reports BBC Sport.

"The legacy should be athletics. It's out of order that football think they can just come and have it," she said.

"We don't have a national athletics stadium and we need one. We lost our last big stadium to Manchester City in 2002 after a great Commonwealth Games and the fear is now that we'll lose another one to football.

"I'm a massive fan of football and a big Arsenal fan, but at the end of the day it's our stadium and I think the legacy is to enable us to stage future world and commonwealth championships - who knows, maybe another Olympics.

"To have an Olympic stadium turned into a football stadium by a club struggling near the foot of the Premier League, it's out of order."

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