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24 Aug 2010
IOC News , London 2012 , London 2012 News

London 2012 Venues Take Shape

With a little under two years to go, the London 2012 venues are rapidly taking shape, as water is now flowing at the canoe slalom venue, the seating structure is taking shape at the basketball arena, ground preparation work is beginning at Greenwich Park, and landscaping work is getting underway at the Olympic Village. With athletes and teams now in the process of qualifying for the 2012 Games, this progress is a reassuring sign that London is on time and on track to welcome the world’s top sports people in 2012.

Water Works

Construction work on the new lake and competition courses has been completed at the London 2012 canoe slalom venue in the Lee Valley Regional Park and this has allowed water to start flowing at the venue, so that the courses can be tested. The venue is expected to be completed later this year and will include a standard 300m competition course, a boat conveyor, a 160m intermediate/training course, a 10,000m² finish lake, and a facility building and pumping house.

Capacity of 12,000

Thousands of seats are soon to be installed in the London 2012 basketball arena, which is reported to be one of the largest temporary venues ever used for an Olympic and Paralympic Games. The seating structure is now taking shape, before the black and orange seats – representing the colours of a basketball – are put into place. At Games-time, the venue will host basketball, handball, wheelchair basketball, and wheelchair rugby.

Preparing The Ground

Work has begun on preparing the ground at Greenwich Park, the site of London’s Olympic equestrian venue. The work, which will be carried out by London 2012 sub-contractors in association with The Royal Parks, will ensure that the condition of the grass is ideal for the competitors in 2012. Work will include irrigation, de-compaction, mowing, and some other enhancements. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has also announced plans for thousands of new trees, parks, play areas, and open spaces to support the new homes being delivered in the London 2012 Olympic Village. Landscaping is already underway for the creation of an extensive wetlands area on the Village site, with the overall plans for these green spaces adding to the landscaping works already underway in the Olympic Park site, which is creating one of the largest new urban parks in the UK for over 100 years.


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.

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