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OurSay; BIRMINGHAM Mail.

THERE is no bigger name in athletics than Usain Bolt, the fastest man on earth and a true superstar of world sport.

The Jamaican has just smashed the world 100m and 200m records in Germany and over recent years has scooped up handfuls of gold medals.

So how exciting that he will be among the Jamaican track and field team who will be training at the University of Birmingham as they prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

He will be joined by many other huge names - Shelly-Ann Fraser, Kerron Stewart and Asafa Powell, for instance.

Everyone who has worked hard to persuade the Jamaicans to use Birmingham as their training base deserves our thanks and congratulations.

The university for providing the opportunity, of course.

And the officers and members of Birmingham City Council - not least their leader Mike Whitby - for clinching the deal.

This coup will help safeguard Birmingham's reputation as a welcoming city with great facilities.

If Usain Bolt or any of his team-mates chalk up a record at the 2012 games, we can truly boast: "Made in Brum".

THESE are turbulent times at Birmingham City Football Club, on the brink of a takeover by the little known Hong Kong millionaire Carson Yeung.

Supporters are understandably concerned about the future of the club, recently promoted back into the Premier League.

There are questions that need answering about the future direction the club will take and reassurances that need to be given by the current and potential owners.

Which is why the Birmingham Mail has opened its pages to supporters who want to raise these issues.

The flood of letters and emails we have received can leave no-one in any doubt about the passion that surrounds the Blues.

As a local newspaper, we share that passion and we are committed to providing a platform for fans to have their say at this crucial time.

Keep the letters coming and we will not only publish them, but we will ensure they are delivered personally to Carson Yeung as a 'Charter for the Future of Blues'.
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