The head of world athletics says London will have told a “big lie” to get the 2012 Olympics if the Olympic stadium is converted into a football ground.
West Ham and Tottenham both want to move to the venue after 2012 but under Spurs’ plans the track will go.
“They’ll have made a big lie during their presentation,” International Athletics Association Federation chief Lamine Diack told BBC Sport.
“There will be no credibility… of a great country like Britain.”
And Diack, a member of the International Olympic Committee, suggested that if the athletics track was scrapped Britain’s chances of hosting future events would be severely compromised.
“[There would be] no way to comeback as far as my generation is concerned,” he stated.
“You can consider you are dead. You are finished.
“This nation has a number of heroes in athletics. I could spend an hour, listing one by one all those who’ve achieved fantastic things in athletics. They are still there, involved. And this country, this city saying that I’m not able to have a stadium of athletics?”
Tottenham and West Ham will make their final submissions to the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) on Friday.
The OPLC, which can ask either club to provide more details of their proposals, has a board meeting on Friday, 28 January when it is expected to decide on its preferred bidder.