London 2012: Events Finalised and Preparations Discussed
Wrapping up the final International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) of 2009, the London 2012 Organising Committee, led by its Chairman Sebastian Coe, presented its progress over the past six months, which included its highly successful three-years-to-go and 1000-days-to-go celebrations. LOCOG also covered the current construction status on their “big 5” venues, their operational planning, commercial programme and work to involve the entire country in the Games. Earlier in the day, the EB had also finalised the sports programme for 2012 by approving a new division of events in track cycling and adding a tennis event.
Track Cycling and Mixed Doubles
Following requests from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the International Cycling Union (UCI), as part of the IOC’s systematic review of the Olympic programme, the EB approved the inclusion of the tennis mixed doubles event and changes to the track cycling programme, making it five events for women and five for men. The inclusion of the tennis mixed doubles event will not increase the current number of athletes and will bring added value to the Olympic programme by providing another opportunity for men and women to compete together on the same field of play. The changes to cycling will mean an increase in women cyclists at the Games, with both men and women now competing in the sprint, team sprint, keirin, team pursuit, and omnium events.
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.