FIG praises London 2012 preparations
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has praised the London 2012 Organising Committee’s (LOCOG’s) plans for this year’s Olympic Games, following the conclusion of the Visa International Gymnastics at the North Greenwich Arena.
The event, which took place from 10-18 January, provided gymnasts with their final chance to qualify for London 2012 and formed an integral part of LOCOG’s preparations for the Games. And Prof Bruno Grandi, President of the FIG, was impressed by their efforts.
“Gymnastics is one of the most closely followed sports in the Olympic Games,” he said. “I am persuaded that London will provide our gymnasts, the media, the public and our technical staff with an optimal training environment, an efficient reception and impeccable working conditions.”
The event enabled LOCOG to test crucial aspects of its operations ahead of the 2012 Games, including its workforce, timing, scoring and results systems. It also provided athletes with an opportunity to experience the Olympic apparatus and conditions, as well as giving around 6,000 spectators the chance to experience a world-class gymnastics competition.
Debbie Jevans, Director of Sport at LOCOG, said: “The Visa International Gymnastics was the largest test event that we have run to date. As an Olympic qualifying event we had to ensure everything was delivered to the highest standard and the team performed really well.
“The event has put us in great shape for delivery of the Games-time event in what is a spectacular venue.”