Tuesday, July 26, 2011


One year and counting for London Olympics

  • Tuesday, July 26, 2011
  • Arunthathi Kanagaratnam
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  • The 12-month countdown to the greatest sporting show on earth gets under way here Wednesday as London reaches the one year to go mark for the 2012 summer Olympics.

    International Olympic Committee chief Jacques Rogge will join British officials at a ceremony in Trafalgar Square as preparations for London 2012 enter the home straight.

    Rogge will use the occasion to issue an invitation to the 10,500 athletes expected to descend on London for next year's extravaganza, which takes place from July 27 to August 12.

    Next year's opening ceremony will mark the culmination of years of planning which has seen billions of pounds lavished on an array of state-of-the-art sports venues and urban renewal in east London.

    Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 organising committee (LOCOG), said preparations for the games were firmly on course, noting that construction on most of the sports venues had already been completed.

    "What we have within our control is under control, but clearly there's still a lot of work to do.

    The construction part is 90 percent complete," Coe told AFP in a recent interview.

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