Tessa Jowell is the Minister for the Olympics, or so we are led to believe, so it is her duty to support and promote Olympic sports in this country. Surely part of her brief must also be to assist and foster the aims and tenets of the Olympic movement, all the more so since the UK is hosting the 2012 Olympic Games. One of the chief aims of the Olympic Movement is to ensure that the host countries benefit from the Games by leaving behind a sporting legacy. The minister is in the position of being able to ensure that this happens, where ever possible. It is perhaps no surprise that, in this respect and in common with so many of her colleagues, Tessa Jowell is just another NuLiarbour incompetent. The following is from the Shooting Times: Thursday, 20 March 2008 Tessa Jowell MP, minister for the Olympics anger's shooting groups Tessa Jowell MP, minister for the Olympics, last week stated in the House of Commons that, with regard to the London 2012 Games, âthere is not a need for a legacy for shooting in the same way as other sports, as there is a world-class facility at Bisleyâ. In response to questioning from the Conservative MP Henry Bellingham, even more astonishing was Mrs Jowellâs assertion that the decision to hold the London 2012 shooting events at a temporary site in Woolwich, at a cost of Â£25million, had the backing of UK shooters. She declared: âMy understanding is that it is broadly supported by those in the shooting federation who had been arguing for an alternative.â That shooters are backing the Woolwich plan was news to Phil Boakes, chairman of British Shooting, the governing body for British target shooting. Prior to Mrs Jowellâs comments he sent a letter to all MPs calling for a permanent alternative to Woolwich and highlighting the waste of millions of pounds. He told ST: âI continue to be astounded by those who are in charge of delivering the 2012 Games. It shows that Tessa Jowell has no knowledge of our sport or its needs. If she did, totally incorrect comments such as this would not be made. She is completely wrong about support by those within the federation this is a throwaway remark to try to give her statement credibility.â Bisley is a great place but, like so many sporting facilities, it is in serious need of funding or it will simply fade away. That a projected Â£25,000,000 will be spent building ranges at Woolwich for the 2012 Olympics, followed by a further Â£8,000,000 to knock it all down again, leaving no sporting 'legacy' is nothing more than a criminal waste. I'm tired of hearing the arguments that we would never have got the bid if we'd proposed Bisley as the shooting venue; China's Beijing sites are equally wide-spread and the pollution problems for the athletics events seem to have been ignored just to appease the 'emerging economic giant'. Even if China doesn't solve all its problems, the IOC is hardly likely to take the games away from them. Re-siting the shooting events at Bisley, where most of the ground work is already done, is hardly going to lose us the 2012 Games either. The ranges could be ugraded to full electronic targetry and there is room to build first class accommodation for the competitors, all of which would make Bisley live again! Such a decision would benefit shooting for decades to come and ensure a truly world class facility... ...And for half the money!