POSTED: February 6th 2010

Archbishop Tutu inspired by legacy promise of London Olympic Games

Archbishop Tutu: Olympic Park tour
Archbishop Tutu: Olympic Park tour

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: London 2012 could hardly have gained a more enthusiastic supporter than Archbishop Desmond Tutu – but that was how he emerged after having been given a tour of the Olympic Park site.

Archbishop Tutu met local children from the five host boroughs in east London, Olympic Park workers and members of the local community, including the Young Mayor of Newham and two young people from Walthamstow who have helped transform their local area through the Changing Places programme.

The 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner was back in London for the inaugural London 2012 Diversity and Inclusion speaker series. He also delivered a speech on the importance of inclusion to the London 2012 legacy.

Lord Sebastian Coe, London organising chairman, said: “Such is the diversity of London, that this city is probably one of the only few in the world where every competing nation in 2012 will feel that they have a home crowd. Sport has a real role to play in healing and bringing a nation together.

"We are thrilled that Archbishop Tutu see the progress being made, not only on the Olympic Park, but also in terms of our diversity and inclusion work.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu said: “I spent part of my time first as a student at King’s College here in London and later at the World Council of Churches and it is very exciting today to see how the Games are a catalyst for change in this part of London and how they will deliver a lasting social, economic and sporting legacy.

“As a South African, I know how much sport can help bring different people and nations together. I feel strongly that the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will be a fantastic celebration of the many different communities and cultures which exist in London and the rest of the UK and will bring everyone together.”

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