27 July 2010 marks the two-years-to-go point before the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games. This important milestone in London’s progress is being celebrated with a number of events across the host city and country.
From 23-25 July, the London 2012 Open Weekend was organised across the UK and included over 800 “challenging” events for the public. This was followed today by the launch of London 2012’s specialist volunteer programme, the opening of London 2012’s first official shop, a number of special events in the Olympic Park, and numerous other events organised by London 2012’s partners.
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said, “The new Olympic venues are now a visible part of London’s skyline, and the London 2012 Organising Committee is progressing well in its preparations to welcome the athletes of the world. With two years to go, London has made huge progress in the development of its Olympic project, and I am confident in London’s ability to stage Games of the highest standard, as we enter the back straight of this race that will lead us to 2012.”
Sport In The Park
With the main venues in London’s Olympic Park on track to be completed next year, a number of special events are being held in the Park today, which shows the great progress that London has made in its construction projects. For example, Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy is taking part in a cycling activity within the velodrome, former NBA star John Amaechi is shooting some hoops in the basketball arena, Michael Johnson is sprinting on a temporary track in the Olympic Stadium, and the first group of people will be walking across the main access bridge between the Aquatics Centre and the Olympic Stadium.
Are You Ready? Plan Your Games!
The athletes are in full preparation for the 2012 Games, the venues are taking shape and the organisation is making solid progress, but the question is are you ready for 2012? With the 2012 Games fast approaching, now is the time to start planning your role and your summer of 2012. Would you like to attend an Olympic event? Then sign up for ticketing information. Thinking about volunteering? Sign up for more information. Perhaps attend an event during the Cultural Olympiad? Find out more. See the Olympic Torch Relay? It’s coming to a town near you! Maybe create something and be part of the inspire programme? Or teach children using the Games to inspire them? It’s all here. There are numerous ways that you can play a part in 2012, start thinking and planning what you want to do now, so that you don’t miss out.
London was elected as the Host City for the Games of the XXX Olympiad on 6 July 2005 at the 117th IOC Session in Singapore. London eventually succeeded in the fourth round of voting taking 54 votes from a possible 104. London faced stiff opposition during the vote from the other four candidate cities: Paris, New York, Moscow and Madrid. There will be 26 sports on the Olympic Programme in London in 2012 and around 10,500 athletes.
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