Wellness a Key Component of UK's Olympic Legacy

With four months to go before the lighting of London's Olympic torch, the city's planned facilities legacy has, as have many similar plans in past Olympic cities, become a lightning rod for criticism. While the Olympic Park, one of the largest urban green spaces developed in Europe in more than 150 years, appears to be largely on track, the Olympic Village was controversially downsized by 1,300 homes within the timeframe of the Games' opening, with kitchens turned into additional bedrooms for athletes to further reduce costs. The Olympic Development Authority's pledge that 9,000 homes will eventually be built in the park environs has failed to assuage critics, who charge that funding woes mean the Games' housing legacy will fall short of organizers' promises.

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