Penultimate Coordination Commission Meeting for London 2012 Starts
The penultimate visit of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Coordination Commission to the city of London got underway today, as only 296 days remain until the Opening Ceremony of the Games. The Commission, led by Olympian and IOC member Denis Oswald, is in London for three days of meetings and venue tours, which will see it get a full update from organisers on the progress of preparations for the London 2012 Games.
During its three days in the British capital, the Commission will hear updates on the services to be provided to the athletes, National Olympic Committees, International Federations, the Paralympic Games, the media and spectators. There will also be updates on areas such as marketing, brand, communications, technology, culture and education. The visit will be rounded off with a visit to a few of the venues that will play a key role in next summer’s 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.