07/06/2012 06:40 BST | Updated 07/08/2012 06:12 BST

Noel Clarke Furious Over Ban Of Word 'Olympics' In His Film 'Fast Girls' About Female Athletes Preparing To Compete

Noel Clarke has hit out at Olympics bosses for banning him from using the word in his new film.

Fast Girls, the latest film from the Adulthood and Kidulthood star, was meant to be about a group of girls training for the 2012 Olympics.

But the former Doctor Who actor, 36, told the Radio Times that halfway through the shoot the International Olympic Committee told producers that the film would not be able to mention the word Olympics or 2012 because it was copyrighted.

The feel-good movie, which Clarke co-wrote and starred in, is now about the World Athletics Championships in 2011.

"It's a disgrace. A total disgrace. We had to approach the Olympic Committee and they had to check with all their sponsors... it's a disgrace, really," he said.

"It's all business, isn't it? And I guess we'd be cashing in on their business."

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Noel told the magazine: "This is the problem with films in this country. They are not respected enough and not helped enough. In America that would never have happened.

"The sponsors would have got involved and said 'Yeah, great'. But this is how we treat ourselves."

Fast Girls is in UK cinemas from 15 June. Watch the trailer below...