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09 Jan 2012
London 2012 , Olympic News

London 2012 celebrates 200 days to go

London has marked 200 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games with the handover of the Olympic Park from the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG).

Chair of LOCOG, Seb Coe, said “The handover of the Olympic Park sounds the starting pistol in the race to get the site and venues ready to host the two biggest sporting events on the planet. In just 200 days time, 200 countries will be sending 15,000 athletes and 20,000 accredited media to London to create history.”

Dennis Hone, the Chief Executive of the ODA, welcomed the transition, saying “We hand the Olympic Park to the Organising Committee fully confident that they will continue pressing ahead on their preparations so that London becomes a brilliant once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and experience for everyone involved.”

With the ODA having completed the main structures on the Olympic Park, LOCOG will now begin transforming it for Games time by ramping-up work to fit-out the venues, and by staging testing and licensing events.

British Prime Minister David Cameron also chaired a Cabinet meeting on the Park today to discuss the work of LOCOG and the legacy opportunities which will arise from hosting the Games.

Praising the future plans that have already been put in place, Mr Cameron said, “As we mark 200 days to go, and six out of the eight Olympic venues having already secured their future, we are well on track to delivering a lasting legacy for the whole of Britain.”

As part of the 200-days-to-go countdown, LOCOG also released details of new Games-time names for selected venues and spectator areas in the Olympic Park. The new names include the Riverbank Arena (formerly known as the Hockey Centre), the Copper Box (formerly known as the Handball Arena), Stratford Walk (formerly known as Aquatics Centre Bridge), London Way, which will be the main circulation route for spectators and Orbit Circus, the area around The Orbit, the 115m high visitor attraction.

Among other initiatives launched today, the London 2012 ‘Join In’ campaign provides instant access to listings of all of the events that are connected to the Games. Simply typing www.london2012/joinin allows people to find out what’s happening in their local communities. 

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