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09 May 2011
London 2012 , IOC News , London 2012 News

London Prepares!

The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has announced a detailed testing programme that will help put the organisers through their paces ahead of next year’s Games. The series, which is called “London Prepares”, will see more than 10,000 volunteers, 8,000 athletes from more than 50 countries, and more than 250,000 spectators be part of some world-class sporting events from May 2011 until May 2012.

Putting Our Plans Into Practice

Paul Deighton, LOCOG Chief Executive, said: “The London Prepares series is essentially about putting our plans into practice. Although our venues won’t be dressed in their Games finery, a number of events will give the public a chance to see some world-class sporting action ahead of next year. These events are our opportunity to try out our new venues, test new technology and equipment and walk our extended teams through their roles and responsibilities. We have learnt a lot from previous Games, which we will put to good use as we challenge ourselves over the next 12 months.”

Different Groupings Of Events

The events will be held in the existing iconic venues in London, as well as in the new venues of the Olympic Park. LOCOG’s programme will focus on testing the sporting field of play; results, timing and scoring systems; how teams work together; and how people move around venues. There are different groupings of events: events which LOCOG is organising and ticketing, events run by LOCOG that are not ticketed, and events which are not organised by LOCOG. Tickets are available from 26 May and can be purchased using a VISA card only (debit, credit and prepaid product).

Different Types Of Testing

The types of things that will be tested during the programme include a new platform for the equestrian events at Greenwich Park; new marking lanes at the rowing lake at Eton Dorney, Buckinghamshire; delivery of 3,000 tons of sand for beach volleyball at Horse Guards Parade; the first competitive use of the water at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, Hertfordshire, for canoe slalom; and new presentation graphics at the basketball arena.


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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