London 2012: Final Coordination Commission visit
With four months to go until the London 2012 Olympic Games, the IOC Coordination Commission has arrived in the capital for its final visit to the host city. The Commission, led by Chairman Denis Oswald, will spend three days - 28 to 30 March - meeting with the London 2012 Organising Committee as well as with representatives from the government and local authorities to discuss progress and final preparations as the countdown to the Opening Ceremony gathers pace.
Over the past seven years, the Coordination Commission has offered ongoing support and guidance to LOCOG, as they have worked together towards delivering Games of the highest calibre. Central to this shared objective is a commitment to providing the best possible service for all Games stakeholders, athletes, International Federations, National Olympic Committees, spectators and the media. Maximising the experience of these groups will form a key part of discussions over the next three days.
Other topics to be examined during this, the Commission’s tenth and final visit, include the look of the venues, Olympic Park operations and key promotional tools such as the Olympic Torch Relay. The Commission members will also hear about the successful conclusion of the second phase of test events, and preparations for the next cluster of test events. In addition, there will be an update on marketing and the Paralympic Games.
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.