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#1 James

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Posted 16 January 2004 - 11:34 AM

http://news.bbc.co.u...012/3393681.stm
London launches Olympic bid

London unveiled its plans for hosting the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in Covent Garden on Friday. And Wembley, Wimbledon, Lord's and a brand new Olympic Park in east London are all set to play a key role. Tourist landmarks Hyde Park, Regent's Park and Horse Guards Parade have also been earmarked for events. "The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will enhance sport in London and the UK forever," said bid chairman Barbara Cassani. She also revealed that cities outside London will host some of the earlier rounds of the football tournament.

Cardiff (Millennium Stadium), Glasgow (Hampden Park), Windsor Park (Belfast), Manchester (Old Trafford), Newcastle (St James' Park) and Birmingham (Villa Park) could all stage matches if the London bid is successful. Wembley will host both the men's and women's football finals, tennis will be held at Wimbledon and Lord's will stage archery events while athletics, swimming and cycling will be at the Olympic Park. Hyde Park will have road cycling and triathlon events, Regents Park will stage baseball and softball while there will be beach volleyball in Horse Guards Parade. Brand new facilities will be built in the Olympic Park in the east of the capital as part of plans to regenerate a rundown area of the city.

They will include an 80,000-seat stadium, an aquatic centre - which will be built whether or not the bid is successful - and a velodrome. Bid organisers are keen to stress that their plans for the Olympic Park offer the most compact venue ever proposed to the International Olympic Committee. Many of the 28 sports will be within 15 minutes of the athletes village and only a seven-minute train ride from central London.

"Our people, especially the young, will benefit from new facilities," said Cassani. "Our next generation of athletes will be better equipped to develop into future Olympians. "Our Games will deliver the best for athletes. A compact Olympic Park with easy access from living quarters to competition venues. "Competitors will be inspired to deliver personal best performances against the backdrop of London's world-famous landmarks." Paris, one of London's rivals, unveiled its bid with a glitzy ceremony at the Eiffel Tower on Friday.

New York, Madrid, Moscow, Leipzig, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro and Havana are also vying to host the Games in 2012. As well as Prime Minister Tony Blair, a number of British Olympians and Paralympics attended the launch. The list of cities who have made the initial cut will be announced by the IOC in May, with the candidate cities then required to submit more detailed bid information in November. IOC president Jacques Rogge has already said it is possible that few, if any, cities will be eliminated at the first hurdle. The winner will be decided by a vote of IOC members in Singapore in July 2005.

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#2 James

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Posted 16 January 2004 - 11:35 AM

http://news.bbc.co.u...012/3402819.stm

Proposed London Olympic venues
The venues London would use if it wins the race to host the 2012 Olympics.

New venues in an Olympic Park in east London

* Olympic Park stadium (athletics, opening/closing ceremonies)
* Olympic Park aquatic centre (swimming and diving events)
* Olympic Park velodrome (track cycling)
* Olympic Park BMX track (BMX cycling)
* Olympic Park hockey complex( hockey)
* Olympic Park multi-sport complex (basketball, handball, volleyball, modern pentathlon events)
* Greenwich Peninsula hall 1 & 2 (badminton, gymnastics; table tennis)
* Broxbourne (canoe slalom)
* University of East London (water polo preliminaries).
* Olympic Park tennis complex (Olympic training venue and Paralympic competition venue)

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Existing venues

* Wembley Stadium (football finals)
* Wimbledon (tennis)
* Lord's (archery)
* Horse Guards Parade (beach volleyball)
* Hyde Park (triathlon; road cycling)
* Regent's Park (baseball; softball)
* Greenwich Park (equestrian; modern pentathlon riding and running events)
* ExCel exhibition centre (boxing, judo, taekwondo, weightlifting, wrestling)
* The Dome (artistic gymnastics; trampolining; basketball and handball finals)
* Eton Dorney rowing centre (rowing and flatwater canoeing events)
* Bisley (shooting)
* Swinley Forest, Berkshire (mountain biking)
* Weymouth-Portland (sailing)
* Alexandra Palace (fencing)

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Venues for men's and women's football

* Hampden Park, Glasgow
* Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
* Old Trafford, Manchester
* St James's Park, Newcastle
* Villa Park, Birmingham
* Windsor Park, Belfast

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#3 James

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Posted 16 January 2004 - 11:37 AM

http://www.london201...ish/default.htm

Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London
"Revitalising London's East End and showcasing the capital's rich cultural diversity are at the heart of the Bid for London 2012. I have no higher priority."


http://www.london201...bid/default.htm

Regeneration, a priority of the national agenda, is at the heart of the Bid - regeneration of a city and nation through sport, regeneration of sport at all levels and greater participation in sport, especially among young people. It would be accelerated by the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2012.

Regeneration of the Lower Lea Valley in London's East End - where key Olympic venues will be located - is the cornerstone for a legacy of social and community renewal for one of the city's most depressed areas and will demonstrate the power of sport and the Olympic Movement to rebuild communities and regenerate urban centers.

The London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games would be good for the whole of the UK and help to provide unique opportunities to accelerate the renewal of urban and regional infrastructure, facilities and services for residents, workers, businesses and visitors in other parts of London and the UK.

Support for the Bid is strong following international consensus that London has the necessary infrastructure. Not only has the Government given strong backing to the bid, but the project has received cross-party support in Parliament and from the business community.

The London Bid will demonstrate world best practice planning and preparation for the Olympic Games based around the needs of athletes, spectators, media, sponsors, sports bodies and host cities and communities - and in the bidding process itself.

The Bid will address the key concerns and priorities of the International Olympic Committee. In what could serve as a blueprint for future Olympic host cities, London will stage a less complex and more compact Olympic Games through innovative use and location of venues, reflecting the determination of the IOC to contain and control the growth of the Olympic Games.

Work on the current London bid began in 1997. By December 2000, the British Olympic Association had delivered a 400-page report to Parliament, the Greater London Authority and London Mayor Ken Livingstone. Since then, the BOA and Mayor Livingstone have hosted briefings on the bid for Government and Parliament which have received wide support.

Having secured formal Government backing, London's bid was formally announced on May 15, 2003 by British Prime Minister, Tony Blair and Mayor Livingstone.

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#4 charlie

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 11:12 AM

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The tension is mounting - have we haven't we? Will Sir Steve Redgrave be going for his 6th Gold medal in an historic comeback in 2012.

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#5 gekko

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 11:23 AM

I so hope we get it!
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#6 James

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 11:49 AM

And the winner is... London!

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#7 Rosehip

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 11:50 AM

Blimey O'Riley! We aren't used to winning, are we?!

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 11:54 AM

FANTASTIC


If that isn't a NEWS story I don't know what is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 11:54 AM

Yay!

#10 gekko

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 11:54 AM

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!

:D :) :D :)
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#11 ally

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 11:57 AM

its superb!

how amazing they actually had faith to go and choose london!

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 12:00 PM

- OO LA LA C'EST LONDRES!!

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#13 weeble

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 12:04 PM

Blimey, didn't see that one coming! :blink: :) :blink:

Our office went crazy (transport planners so it'll keep us in business for the next seven years!) - the poor Parisian girl who sits next to me was cursing quietly in French whilst the rest of us were leaping around.

#14 lucysmith

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 12:04 PM

Big up, London town.

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 12:33 PM

Great news, I'm really pleased! :D :D :D