London - The man in charge of West Ham United's London
Stadium stepped down on Thursday, in the latest episode of upheaval to affect
the controversy-plagued venue.
David Edmonds has left his post as chairman of the London
Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), which has been responsible for the
running of London's Olympic Park since the 2012 Olympics.
It comes after London mayor Sadiq Khan announced an
investigation into the rising cost of converting the arena, formerly known as
the Olympic Stadium, for use by Premier League club West Ham.
"David has made an enormous contribution to the legacy
of the London 2012 Games and he has helped to steer the organisation through
some extremely challenging issues," said LLDC chief executive David
"We thank him for all his hard work and wish him well
in the future."
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The LLDC did not directly cite Khan's inquiry as the reason
for Edmonds's resignation. He had been the organisation's chairman since
The cost of modifying the stadium has risen from 272 million
pounds ($336.8 million, 303.5 million euros) to 323 million pounds.
West Ham pay 2.5 million pounds per year in rent to play
there, having also made a 15 million pounds contribution to the conversion
The east London club won the right to play at the stadium in
March 2013 and played their first game there last August, after 112 years at
But early fixtures at the ground have been marred by
violence between fans, most recently during last week's League Cup victory over
London rivals Chelsea.For
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