- 25 Aug 2008
- IOC News
Welcome To London!
With the wonderful Beijing 2008 Olympic Games now over, the athletes of the world will be already starting to turn their attentions to the next summer Games, which will be held in London in 2012. With a vision to use the power of the Games to inspire change, London 2012 will look to create an experience where everyone is invited to take part, join in and enjoy the most exciting event in the world.
Sport At Its Heart
London 2012 will have sport at its heart and will stimulate people to do more and to try new things and reassess what we are all capable of doing. From the youngsters just starting out in sport to top level athletes via the enthusiastic amateur, London will look to inspire all. Central to this idea is the athletes and London 2012’s planning shows very clearly that the importance of the athletes has been clearly recognized and that they will be well looked after in 2012.
With the start of construction on London’s Olympic Stadium and Aquatics centre ahead of schedule by three and two months respectively, London 2012 is on track to deliver great venues for the Games and the sports events that will precede them. As IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Denis Oswald pointed out during the Commission’s last visit in May, “The most visible element is obviously venue construction, and the progress made on the Olympic Park, in particular, is truly astounding. In all the areas of preparation, we have been able to see marked progress by the London 2012 team, and this puts LOCOG on track to deliver great Games in 2012 and a great legacy beyond.”
Come And Join In 2012
So for fans of summer sports, mark the date of 27 July 2012 in your calendar and come join us in London for what will undoubtedly be a fabulous sporting and cultural experience! And if you like winter sports, we’ll see you in Vancouver on 12 February 2010 for some winter sports fun too.
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.