With less than 500 days to go, the IOC returns to London
With less than 500 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission is paying its eighth visit to the Olympic host city. At an important time for the Games, with ticket sales now underway and a sports and operations testing programme about to start in earnest this summer, the Commission will be looking to see that preparations remain on track.
Update on progress
Led by its Chairman, Denis Oswald, the Commission will hear about the progress being made in a number of different areas, such as venue construction, workforce, the Paralympic Games, legacy, and technology, while also examining the preparations being made for the different groups that will be attending the Games, such as the athletes, spectators, National Olympic Committees, International Federations, marketing partners, and the media. The Commission members will round out their trip by conducting a venue tour to see the impressive progress being made by London 2012 in 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.