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West Sussex to host Barbados athletes for 2012 Olympics

K2 leisure centre
Athletes from Barbados will use the K2 centre in Crawley

Crawley has been named as the official training site for athletes from Barbados in the run up to London 2012.

The team will use the K2 leisure centre, which has an 50m swimming pool, running track and other facilities.

Crawley Borough Council said the town's proximity to London had also helped attract the Barbados National Olympic squad to the venue.

West Sussex County Council leader Henry Smith said he believed their decision would boost the area's economy.

'Cultural' links

Mr Smith said he hoped more teams would sign up to use the facilities on offer in the county and pledged that competitors would get "the right training, support and experience to qualify for the Games and to perform at their best in London".

Crawley Councillor Lenny Walker said: "This is fantastic news for Crawley and the county.

"K2 Crawley is the jewel in the crown of the town's leisure facilities and it's extremely gratifying to get this kind of international approval.

"However, this isn't just about a few weeks in 2012. The Bajan athletes are looking to use K2 Crawley as a training venue before this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow so we are looking to build educational, cultural and sporting links with Barbados over the next few years."

K2 Crawley is one of 10 officially approved pre-Games training venues in West Sussex.

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