London 2012 Open Weekend
On 27 July, London 2012 will be celebrating two years-to-go until the start of its Olympic Games. In advance of this significant date, London 2012 is running its annual Open Weekend event, which is a UK-wide celebration taking place from 23 till 25 July. The event includes over 800 events across the country ranging from sport to art, dance to exhibitions, and each event features a special challenge: What will you do this weekend?
The 2010 Open Weekend is based on the theme of “challenge yourself”, with organisations setting public challenges at their events. This will allow everyone across the UK to attempt to set a new personal best by trying something new or by taking an existing interest to the next level. LOCOG Chairman Seb Coe had this to say about the Open Weekend, “Open Weekend will lead the nation into the two-year countdown to the start of the London 2012 Games, with new personal bests being set right across the UK. Open Weekend 2010 is another opportunity for thousands of people to join in with the London 2012 Games.”
With a little over two years to go until the Games begin, London 2012 is continuing to make solid progress on its preparations for the Games, according to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Coordination Commission, which visited London only a few weeks ago. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has also recently unveiled a new set of milestones, which outline how, by summer 2011, the structures of the main venues for London 2012 will be complete and ready to be handed over for testing, with all major new infrastructure finished and landscaping work well advanced across the Olympic Park.
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.