Planning in the media

A familiar theme of the past decade, thanks to the Millennium Dome and Wembley Stadium, is whether the UK can deliver flagship projects without descending into farce. Momentum is gathering behind the London 2012 Olympic Games, but judging by media coverage it is not one relished by the organisers or the government. After revelations of budget miscalculations and harangues from the arts lobby about funding cuts, BBC Radio 4's Sporting Chance kicked off a week of bad publicity by doubting the bid team's promise that securing the games will increase UK-wide sports participation. No Olympic Games has ever achieved this, claimed the programme, which also pointed to the government's sports strategy published in 2002 that said hosting flagship events does not inspire people to take up sport.

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