POSTED: October 26th 2009

Chicago just history as Arnot signs up for operations role with London 2012

Taking shape: the London Olympic Park / lake images
Taking shape: the London Olympic Park / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: Doug Arnot has leaped from Olympic failure to Olympic success after starting work as director of Games operations for London 2012.

The American lawyer had fulfilled a similar prospective role for the Chicago 2016 bid which was dismissed in the first round of voting by the International Olympic Committee at the start of this month in Copenhagen. Now, within weeks, he has agreed to stay in Europe to take charge of overall planning and co-ordination of London Games issues such as venues, sport, village, security, games services and broadcast functions.

Arnot's cv includes roles as executive vice-president for the 1994 World Cup in the United States, managing director of venues and operations for the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 and for the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He then became ceo for USA Rugby before taking a role as senior vice-president to Chicago 2016.

In fact, London had targeted Arnot long before the Chicago bid came under IOC scrutiny.

LOCOG chief executive Paul Deighton said: "We've been talking to Doug for the last six months as part of an international search to fill this position. Our focus is moving from planning to operational delivery and, with all our stakeholders across London and the UK, it's critical to delivering a successful and memorable Games.

"We are delighted that Doug, with his extensive Olympic and Paralympic Games experience is joining us."

Arnot said: "This is another fantastic chapter in my life and I cannot wait to get started. London 2012 is a unique challenge and one I could not pass up. There is an extremely dedicated and talented team in place, genuine excitement around the world about the Games being held in London and great respect for the planning and delivery to date."

Arnot's arrival has coincided with LOCOG's invitation of expressions of interest from live events production companies to provide the production services for the Opening and Closing ceremonies.

Bill Morris, LOCOG's director of culture, ceremonies and education, said: "The UK is a global centre of excellence in the live events industry and we’re looking to work with the best to produce the greatest show on earth." Shortlisting should have been completed before Christmas with initial presentations demanded by early January.

Keywords · London 2012 · Olympic Games · Arnot · LOCOG · Chicago 2016 · IOC · International Olympic Committee · Deighton

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