Build sports centre fit for champions
What good news it is that Leicester is finally going to build an indoor athletics facility, so many years after Granby Halls was demolished.
I have had the good fortune to have covered the past 10 Olympic Games as a member of the media and each time I return to the city I am always reminded of its inferior sports facilities.
I remember covering the World Cycle Championships in Leicester in 1970 and then slowly watching the track rot away.
I have even witnessed world athletics records set in Leicester (Ron Hill – 10 miles) only to see those opportunities vanish from the city.
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At least speedway returned, though I doubt that we will ever get a 50-metre swimming pool – like Coventry or Loughborough.
But, perhaps, time are changing. One day we may have our own Daley Thompson or Jessica Ennis using a year-round sports training facility.
If I was 50 years younger, I would be using it myself (I was 1966 county sprint champion).
So please, you elected representatives, think big (well, medium) and build the hall for the future athletes of our ancient city.
Our city council and mayor should be moving into the 21st century, maybe even naming it after someone from the 15th century.
How about the King Richard III Memorial Sports Hall.
However, I will not be holding my breath.
George Herringshaw, Leicester.