Olympic Games to light up Portman Road?

IPSWICH TOWN: Portman Road is set to be lit up by the 2012 Olympics Games.

Blues chief executive Simon Clegg is working towards involving the football club in the festivities in two years time.

Chief executive of the British Olympic Association before becoming Town’s owner Marcus Evans’ right hand man at Portman Road, Clegg wants to see the pre-Games torch relay major on Ipswich.

“And if that’s the case we will offer free use of Portman Road,” said Clegg.

“The torch will originate in Greece as usual and will travel around the UK.

“If it stays in Suffolk overnight then hopefully Portman Road will be an overnight base.

“I’m working on a number of ideas and have some up my sleeve how the football club can be involved in some way or other.”

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And Clegg, who visits Sir Seb Coe on a regular basis in his position as a member of the athletics committee sub group board, sees Ipswich offering more – perhaps in the provision of training facilities.

“Ipswich Council are working hard to try and secure a link and for different countries to come and train in the town – and the area.

“We have a clear commitment to 2012 and to the local community.”

In his office at Portman Road, Clegg has the original torch used at the Barcelona Olympics and Town fans could well have a chance to take a close look at the 2012 torch as the tension builds to the much-anticipated Games.

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